State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism
Across the country, governors and state legislatures in Republican-controlled states are attempting to limit or block educators from teaching about racism in public schools and colleges, a reaction to the nation’s racial reckoning after last year’s police killing of George Floyd.
In a coordinated effort by the GOP, at least 16 state legislatures, including Republicans in North Carolina General Assembly, are considering or have signed into law bills that would limit the teaching of certain ideas linked to systemic racism and the teaching of the history of our country in schools.
- In North Carolina, the Republican-backed House Bill 324, is the latest effort by the state’s Republican leaders to have more control of what happens in classrooms and limitations on instruction about racism in our state. The bill prohibits schools from teaching how systemic racism has been and remains part of the nation’s history.
- State Republicans’ effort to block the teaching of the history of inequalities and racism within our country in public schools coincides with their refusal to bring on one of the most influential, decorated and important journalists of our era — with the UNC Board Of Governors adhering to the commands of the GOP legislative leaders who installed them over the students, faculty and parents they represent.
In the past few months, Republicans have spent more time using their position and privilege to undermine our educators and strip away vital skills from students than undoing their decades of underinvestment in public schools and educators across our state.
There has never been a more important time to adequately invest in teachings that will help our students live and work in an increasingly diverse society and empower them to be the change they seek. Yet, Republicans are prioritizing their own discomfort and promoting race-based fear for political gain over policies that will provide children in the state with access to sound, basic education and educators with resources to meet the educational needs of every student.