The lefty ladies of ABC’s “The View” went off the rails on Monday in a segment discussing new black history curriculum adopted by the Florida Board of Education that includes one segment saying some slaves benefitted from being able to learn a marketable skill during their time in bondage.
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Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostin were the most outspoken, though co-host Ana Navarro also lost control of her emotions speaking as a resident of the Sunshine State.
“I feel like they didn’t talk to any African Americans because we could have told them about the history, and nor have any — anyone seemingly gone to the Smithsonian to find out anything. You know, there are all of these former slaves who have given their testimony. You can go to the Smithsonian and hear them, but they must think it’s a lie,” Goldberg claimed, though some of the academics who wrote the new standards were black.
“You know, when you talk about enslaved people and the — just the horrible things that happened to slavery, what we often forget is that slavery continued. Right?” Hostin said in response.
“So you sort of erase then Jim Crow and you erase reconstruction, and you erase the sundown laws, and you just start erasing the wealth gap and the inequality, and you erase the fact that while black people, maybe he taught his son how to be a blacksmith, this country was built on the backs of black labor for free,” she added.
“The other part of it is more than 100 political elites in the country today have families linked to slavery. A fifth of the nation’s congressmen, living presidents, Supreme Court justices, and governors are direct descendants of ancestors who enslaved people. That’s how they made their money,” Hostin continued.
“President Joe Biden and every living former U.S. president except for Trump because he came from Germany. We don’t know what his family was doing there. But they’re direct descendants of slaveholders including Barack Obama, because he had a white mother,” she said.
“So, don’t sit here and tell me one side of the story that black people may have had an enhancement when white people really benefitted the most and continue to do so today. I believe that’s what they’re trying to hide,” Hostin stated, insisting that white people continue to benefit from slavery.
“But that’s why it’s so upsetting when people say, ‘But I didn’t have anything to do with it. I didn’t own slaves.’ No, but you continue to reap the benefits of it,’ she added.
“It’s our American history because you need to know so we don’t repeat it, and here you come, DeSantis, trying to repeat it,” Goldberg ranted. “Well, you know what? As long as the Smithsonian is standing, as long as there are books, as long as there are families, because remember, we didn’t have books.
“All these stories come to us from our families. You don’t call our families liars. They know what happened because their grandma’s, grandma’s, grandma’s, grandma’s grandma told them. You, sir, are – I can’t even say the word. You’re a disgrace,” she said.
“How dare you!” The View rips into Ron DeSantis. It gets so heated, Ana Navarro has her audio cut for five seconds. (Video: ABC) pic.twitter.com/U0IdeE9DXt
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It should be noted that black academics, including one who worked on the standards, refuted the ladies and doubled down on the fact that some blacks, as slaves, did develop skills that benefitted them in the years after they were freed from bondage.
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