DeSantis Receives Major Award, Igniting Backlash

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – FL. Governor Ron DeSantis received the Philadelphia’s Union League gold medal on Tuesday, January 24. Philadelphia was originally founded to support Abraham Lincoln in 1862 during the civil war. Lincoln was also a recipient of the medal.

Despite this, many have questioned whether or not DeSantis should be receiving this award, considering his conservative policies and his views on LGBTQ and race rights. Several organizations, such as the Philadelphia’s NAACP, protested this ceremony.

DeSantis has risen on the national stage over his approach to “woke” culture. As part of his policies, he has prohibited the teaching of critical race theory and LGBTQ issues from several school grades. Most recently he banned schools in Florida from being allowed to teach AP African American History, which was a decision that got a lot of backlash from several civil rights groups.

According to WPVI-TV, community leader Reverend Waller was the head of protests against Ron DeSantis receiving the award. He called the decision a “smack in the face” to the people on Philadelphia. Waller also questioned why the organization would proceed with the award ceremony after this latest policy was announced. He added that this is completely wrong in a city where there are 44% African Americans, especially as the board of education in Florida claimed that African American history provided no educational value.

Apparently, criticisms came not only from outside the group, but also from within it. Many of the members promised to resign if the organization wouldn’t revoke DeSantis’s right to the award, WPVI-TV reported.

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