DeSantis May Lose His Black Voter Base

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

( – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) latest policies may cause Black voters to feel alienated and potentially oppose him if he does decide to place a bid for the White House in 2024.

While DeSantis has not yet announced whether or not he will be running for President, speculations are that he will run. DeSantis is currently viewed as the only big challenger to former President Trump at this point.

However, his latest actions could potentially drive away a large demographic of voters as many of his moves have been dubbed as “anti-Black.” Minority voters could be the thing that helps secure President Biden’s reelection, as it has previously played an important role in the 2020 election.

Florida state Sen. Shevrin Jones (D) warned that Americans should be concerned over the possibility that DeSantis might run for President, especially if he continues to push for such an agenda.

Following his election into office, DeSantis has taken a very critical approach towards both critical race theory and the place that systemic racism should have in an academic framework. Specifically, DeSantis has previously called the idea of systemic racism “a bunch of horse manure,” and has passed legislation that would prohibit schools in Florida from teaching Advanced Placement African American studies courses.

Jones has said that this type of action devalues Black Americans and stops their contributions to national history from being known.

The NAACP has also been critical of this latest decision saying that it shows “clear disdain for the lives and experiences that form part of our national history.”

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