Some experts said children will inherently know that slavery had no positive aspects. The new curriculum “is so outrageous that people are going to reject it,” said Marvin Dunn, author of “A History of Florida: Through Black Eyes.” He added, “Children know in their hearts and in their minds that slavery was evil,” pointing to consequences ranging from “physical damage” to lost potential.
Slavery “prevented people from becoming what they could have become,” said Dunn. “So what if you became a carpenter or a blacksmith or a good maid? Your chances of that were not determined by you, it was determined by somebody else. That’s not a rationalization for enslavement.”