What are Axe Handle Saturday and the 1920 Ocoee Massacre.


Feb 6, 2002
Clue #1 they both occurred in Florida. Admittedly I don't know about either one of these. They are being taught in school but with a special DeSantis twist. Like some people they take atrocities against black people and both-sides the lessons. This minimizes the attacks on black people and teaches kids black people were violent too back then when they were trying to defend themselves.

The new standards require instruction for middle school students to include “how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit,” a document listing the standards and posted in the Florida Department of Education website said.

When high school students learn about events such as the 1920 Ocoee massacre, the new rules require that instruction include “acts of violence perpetrated against and by African Americans.” The massacre is considered the deadliest Election Day violence in US history and, according to several histories of the incident, it started when Moses Norman, a prominent Black landowner in the Ocoee, Florida, community, attempted to cast his ballot and was turned away by White poll workers.

Similar standards are noted for lessons about other massacres, including the Atlanta race massacre, the Tulsa race massacre and the Rosewood race massacre.
New DeSantis standards for teaching the history of Florida race massacres

1020 Ocoee Race Massacre

The white nationalist that killed 3 in Jacksonville did it on the anniversary of Axe Handle Saturday.
Axe Handle Saturday

Of course, DeSantis does not want to teach the unvarnished truth because he is worried about upsetting little white kids. At the same time he doesn't give a shit about the effect on black kids. DeSantis is pushing a racist education agenda. Republicans across the country are following suit.