“Topic presents only one side of this issue and does not offer any opposing viewpoints or other perspectives on the subject.” That comment, one of several uncovered in documents we obtained from the Florida Department of Education, was from the state’s review of the AP African American Studies course, which it rejected earlier this year.
The topic in question? A unit on the origins of the transatlantic slave trade, which the reviewer for the state’s education department flagged for making “no mention here of any role, if any, played by continental Africans.”
The Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times reported on those records this week, sparking coverage from MSNBC, Rolling Stone and other publications and giving renewed attention to how Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attacks on education threaten the health of an informed democracy by distorting facts and realities about our country’s history.
On Thursday, former President Trump pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results, and asked that his case be severed from co-defendants who have sought a speedy trial.
Dozens of these co-conspirators and co-defendants have appeared in records unearthed my American Oversight in our investigations of the election denial movement, and this week we published a report on what we’ve learned about their democracy-undermining work, from the immediate post-election hunt for evidence of fraud to partisan election investigations and alleged voting machine breaches.
The report is similar to our recent compilation of communications from potential witnesses for Trump-allied lawyer and fake-electors plot architect John Eastman in his California disciplinary trial. Both reports tell the same story: Those active in Trump’s schemes to overturn the election didn’t cease their efforts after the fake-electors plot failed or even after Joe Biden took office. And those efforts are still alive today — here are some recent headlines related to the election denial movement: