Florida’s Board of Election banned critical race theory in public school classrooms in a unanimous vote on Thursday, despite a polarizing debate on the controversial topic.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s bashed CRT for months, opened the meeting and urged board members to pass the measure — which was expected but faced fierce opposition from some critics.
“Some of this stuff is, I think, really toxic,” DeSantis said in a virtual appearance.
“I think it’s going to cause a lot of divisions,” he added.
“I think it’ll cause people to think of themselves more as a member of particular race based on skin color, rather than based on the content of their character and based on their hard work and what they’re trying to accomplish in life.”
CRT views racism as systemic in societal structures,