Texas Republicans don’t want their educators discussing racism
Texas Republicans on Tuesday passed a bill prohibiting teachers in state public schools from discussing current affairs, white supremacy and racism.
The bill, which was passed at Texas House by a vote of 79-65, according to the Huffington Post, prohibits social science and civic education teachers from teaching that one race is superior to another race or sex. Educators are also prohibited from teaching that a person bears responsibility for acts committed in the past by members of the same race or sex.
The bill has already passed in the Senate, which means it will soon end up on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. He should sign it. Representative James Talarico (D) said Yahoo News the bill is worded in a very specific way.
“You can talk about race in the classroom, but you can’t talk about privilege or white supremacy. This does not just prohibit talking about race, but the idea is to put landmines so that any conversation about race in the classroom is impossible.
RELATED CONTENT: Georgian Republican Vernon Jones Wants To Ban Critical Race Theory, But He May Not Know What It Is
Talarico added that the bill had nothing to do with raising children, but rather a way for Gov. Greg Abbott to gain the approval of Texas Republicans as he contemplates a presidential election in 2024.
The legislation also states that teachers do not have to undergo training in cultural competency and equity if it makes them uncomfortable or if teachers feel “uncomfortable, guilty, uncomfortable. anxiety or any other form of psychological distress ”because of their race or gender.
The bill appears to be part of a larger Republican campaign to hide, whitewash, or outright stop teaching about racism and the plight of black Americans in the United States before, during and after slavery. Many Republican states ban Critical Race Theory (CRT).
Civil rights groups are calling for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt to be removed from the Tulsa Race Massacre Commission after signing a bill banning the CRT. Even talking about it has been difficult for Republicans. Black Republican Vernon Jones, who is running for governor in Georgia, was unable or refused to explain CRT in a virtual interview earlier this month.