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Drafts of the Advanced Placement course in African American Studies featured the word “systemic” with regard to “marginalization,” as well as with the words “discrimination,” “oppression,” “inequality,” “disempowerment” and “racism.” All of those references were removed from the version of the course released by the College Board this month, The Washington Post reported.

The College Board has denied changing the course to appeal to Republican governor Ron DeSantis of Florida.

But “all of those terms were going to be challenging,” said Jason Manoharan, vice president for AP program development. He said the College Board worried some phrases had been “co-opted for a variety of purposes” and were being used as “political instruments.” So the College Board took a cautious approach to the final edits, even as it sought to preserve robust content on historical and cultural impacts of slavery and racial discrimination.