Nikki Fried Claims Republicans Are 'Restricting Education'

CRT will be an issue in the 2022 election

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
July 6, 2021

As tensions heat up in Florida for the 2022 gubernatorial race, Critical Race Theory continues to be the most divisive issue in the state.  However,  Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL) accused Republicans of restricting education and backed CRT.

CRT is a controversial philosophy – a progressive idea that proponents say can increase racial equity and which critics describe as Marxist, anti-American, and neo-racist.

Commissioner Fried has a long history of exchanging jabs with Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on issues like voting and even education "The only way to do that combats it head-on, talk about systemic racism that is in our state and country, and anyone who says otherwise," - Fried on education

Fried questioned why schools shouldn’t “talk about slavery” or “Jim Crow laws”  before asserting that Critical Race Theory needed to be taught.

What, are were not going to talk about slavery in our country? We’re not going to talk about Jim Crow laws,” asked Fried.” These are facts about the history of our country and our state. And we need to teach it, no matter how hard it is.

"We need to make sure that our students are knowing their past because if they don't know the past, they are going to repeat it in the future.  You don't think that in Germany they don't teach about the Holocaust?  They got to own it, and make it right," stated Fried in defense of CRT.

In a Tweet this morning the Commissioner charged "the so-called party of liberty & independence," with the accusation of "dismantling our rights."


The Commissioner's teasing support for CRT sharply contrasts the unapologetic DeSantis who previously claimed that Florida will not spend "one red cent," on the ideology being taught and has accused the contents of the theory to be Marxist in nature.

So far Florida joins roughly 20 states that have filed legislation against the teachings, while the doctrine has gained a massive dislike among diverse groups of parents.


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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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