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The leaders of a racial advocacy group in Florida, the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board, came together to send a message to the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, on Friday.
Pierre Rutledge, the group’s chair, apologized to DeSantis on behalf of the organization.
During the group’s meeting on Wednesday, one of its members said, “Our governor is racist,” according to Fox News.
The accusation arose as the Miami advisory board was criticizing DeSantis’ rejection of the College Board’s proposed Advanced Placement African-American Studies, according to Fox.
“We take it to heart when someone uses the term racist,” Rutledge said in a statement on Friday, according to Fox News.
“Words matter. And so as chair, I must start by saying we want to pull that back. There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘we’re sorry.’ That’s not what we intended to say or be depicted by anyone. And that’s not the feeling of this board.”
DeSantis’ rejection of the curriculum garnered media scrutiny and harsh backlash from left-wing groups, who labeled the move “racist.”
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