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News Analysis Jan 19, 2022 2:05 PM EST

AP slammed for falsely stating that Florida anti-CRT bill prohibits 'making white people feel discomfort'

Nowhere in the legislation though does it specify any singular race.

AP slammed for falsely stating that Florida anti-CRT bill prohibits 'making white people feel discomfort'
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

The Associated Press is being slammed on Twitter after stated that a new Florida bill prohibiting the teachings of critical race theory was one "that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel 'discomfort' when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past." Nowhere in the legislation though does it specify any singular race.

Florida Senate Bill 148, or "An act relating to individual freedom," received its first approval on Tuesday, being approved by the Senate Education Committee along party lines, according to the Associated Press.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged lawmakers to pass the legislation earlier this month, calling critical race theory "crap."

In the first paragraph of the Associated Press story, it states: "A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel 'discomfort' when they teach students or train employees about discrimination in the nation’s past received its first approval Tuesday."

The line the story refers to two words on page three of the legislations, which states that unlawful employment practices include making "an individual" feel "discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race, color, sex, or national origin."

The phrase occurs again on page 10, in reference to education instruction. "Accordingly, instruction on the topics enumerated in 282 this section and supporting materials must be consistent with 283 the following principles of individual freedom:… An individual should not be made to feel discomfort, 298 guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on 299 account of his or her race."

The Associated Press article does not include the full language of the text until paragraph 8, stating in both the first paragraph and the headline that the law is meant to prevent 'white discomfort.'"

Twitter users were quick to point out that the Associated Press inserted their own language into the bill, noting that their phrasing is not what the legislations states.

"Ask the Associated Press, because it's the AP's term. That's not what the Florida law says. Read first, comment second!" stated National Review writer Dan McLaughlin, in response to a tweet from CNN correspondent Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, who questioned what "white discomfort" meant.

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