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VP Harris to speak in Jacksonville against Florida’s new Black history standards

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The White House has announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Jacksonville on Friday to speak about the fight to protect fundamental freedoms.

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Her trip to Jacksonville and the remarks she’ll give are in response to Florida Black History Education standards adopted on Wednesday in the state.

The White House said that Harris will speak about, “the fight to protect fundamental freedom, specifically, the freedom to learn and teach America’s full and true story.”

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Harris spoke about the issue during a visit to Indiana on Thursday.

“Just yesterday in the state of Florida, they decided middle school students will be taught that enslaved people benefited from slavery,” Harris said. They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us and we will not stand for it.”

According to the White House, Harris will speak from the Ritz Theater and Museum in Lavilla around 3:45 pm. She is expected to arrive at Jacksonville International Airport after 2:00 pm, and rolling roadblocks can be expected to and from the Ritz.

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