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Senator Tim Scott, a Republican presidential candidate, criticized his rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for supporting education standards in Florida that require students to learn about the benefits of slavery. The standards state that slaves developed skills that could benefit them personally. Scott stated that there is no silver lining in slavery and described it as a devastating act that separated families and inflicted physical and emotional harm. This requirement has faced backlash from various figures, including Vice President Kamala Harris and NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who argue that it minimizes the horrors of slavery. DeSantis has defended the curriculum, stating it has been misrepresented by his opponents. Scott suggested that DeSantis may have regretted his support for the curriculum and encouraged reporters to question him on his thoughts. The controversy surrounding these education standards highlights the ongoing debate about how slavery and Black history should be taught in schools and the importance of accurately representing the dark history of slavery in American education.