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Republican Sen. Manny Diaz noted that the “Individual Freedom” legislation is not about ignoring American history but making sure people aren’t blamed for past sins.
“No individual is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, solely by the virtue of his or her race or sex,” Diaz said. “No race is inherently superior to another race.”
However, the Democratic Party argues that the legislation will only lead to censorship in schools potential lawsuits and isn’t necessary. In addition, AP reports that Florida State Senate Shevrin Jones feels that the bill is not for Black people but for White people to avoid feeling guilt for historical facts.
“This bill’s not for Blacks; this bill was not for any other race. This was directed to make whites not feel bad about what happened years ago,” Sen. Jones said. “At no point did anyone say white people should be held responsible for what happened, but what I would ask my white counterparts is, are you an enabler of what happened, or are you going to say we must talk about history?”
Sen. Jones went to Twitter the day after the bill passed to push his thoughts further on whether his white counterparts wanted to be a part of the solution or the problem.
“You’re either an enabler of the past or a voice of TRUTH and CHANGE for the future generations to come,” Jones tweeted. “But you can’t be both. Silence = complacency.”
— Shevrin “Shev” Jones (@ShevrinJones)
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