When Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill specifically meant to protect children by making it illegal for critical race theory to be taught in the state’s schools, a few kids from former NFL player Jack Brewer’s the American Heroes afterschool and mentorship program, which is run by his charity, The Jack Brewer Foundation stood behind the governor holding signs with a strikeout circle and line over the letters CRT.
Joy Reid criticized the move.
Reid, who hosts “The Reidout” on MSNBC, tweeted in response to that image: “This misuse of Black boys is tantamount to child abuse. I would really like to hear the back story on who these kids were and how they wound up at a DeSantis event. Given how anti-Black DeSantis is, using Black children this way is extra sick.”
“She has completely humiliated my kids and my program,” Brewer said. “It’s just so hurtful, and she needs to be held accountable.”
Jane Halbritter, who told the Examiner that she was an aunt of two of the boys shown in the photo, reiterated that her nephews, ages 9 and 14, were aware of what was happening during the bill signing. She lashed out at Reid for displaying “hate and resentment and bitterness toward people that she knows nothing about.”
“I mean, she’s painting these kids like they’re just little black boys that don’t know anything and could be exploited like they don’t even have their own minds,” Halbritter said. “And I don’t see her doing it with white kids.”