Animated Frederick Douglass Defends Slavery In Right-Wing Educational Video

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An animated version of Frederick Douglass defends slavery as a “compromise” in a new collection of educational videos created by a right-wing organization.

According to People, Florida’s Department of Education has recently endorsed the videos launched by Prager U, an organization founded by conservative radio host Dennis Prager.

In one of the videos, two children travel back in time to meet Douglass, who appears to sympathize with slavery.

“I’m certainly not OK with slavery, but the Founding Fathers made a compromise to achieve something great, the making of the United States,” an animated Douglass says in the video. “It was America that began the conversation to end it.”

In another PragerU video, a depiction of Christopher Columbus says slavery was “better than being killed.”

“Slavery is as old as time and has taken place in every corner of the world,” the fictional Columbus says in one video. “Even among the people I just left.”

“Being taken as a slave is better than being killed, no? he continues. “Before you judge, you must ask yourself, ‘What did the culture and society of the time treat as no big deal?'”

More videos by the right-wing group compare Black Lives Matter protestors to Mexican cartel members, according to reports.

While the material isn’t required content in Florida schools, the state’s Department of Education said it “aligns to Florida’s revised civics and government standards” and “can be used as supplemental materials in Florida schools at district discretion.” The endorsement comes after the recent approval of academic standards that require Florida schools to teach students that enslaved people “developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.”

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