As a strong opposition to the movement that emphasizes the history and continuing impact of racism on inequality in American life, Republican lawmakers across the United States are restricting how public schools discuss racial issues.
Legislatures in more than a dozen states have considered enacting bills to regulate the way teachers teach race-related issues in the classroom. Many are designed to prohibit “Critical race theory“This school believes that the main institutions of the United States are essentially racist, and their essence is to perpetuate white supremacy.
Across the country, local school board meetings are full of parents expressing concerns. Fox News, a right-wing television network, has been broadcasting warnings about critical racial theories for several weeks.
Debate is part of American racial reconciliation
These measures were put forward as the United States continued to work hard to solve the problem of racial inequality. For more than a year, after protests and riots broke out across the country, George Freud, An unarmed black man, in the hands of a white policeman.
This reckoning has divided Americans on how to best examine the forces that lead to inequality based on race in society. It forces Americans to take a critical look at their country, and some people prefer to avoid this view.
“People aspire to have a good past and a good pedigree. It is difficult for Americans to connect things in complex ways. I don’t think we are very good at accepting good and bad things together as part of our own heritage,” Washington Mary Griffith, a university professor and author of “Changing the World: Fighting Racism,” said that misogyny and xenophobia in American history.
“We can understand the very difficult and painful parts of the past and do better without self-hatred. Your children will not start to hate you and hate all your ancestors just because they are learning this history. It should be an honor to fight against that period of history.”
The states of Arkansas, Idaho, Tennessee, Florida and Oklahoma have passed new laws restricting public school teaching related to race. Other states are considering similar rules.
Republicans: Criticizing race theory is divisive
Florida Republican Governor Ron Desantis (Ron Desantis) signed a bill this week banning the teaching of critical racial theory in public schools. He said the new law will protect children from racial definitions and restrictions on education.
“I think this will cause a lot of disagreement,” DeSantis said. “I think this will lead people to see themselves as members of a particular race more based on their skin color, rather than based on the content of their personality, their hard work, and the goals they want to achieve in life.”
The Florida education system aims to create opportunities for our children. Critical racial theory teaches children to hate our country and hate each other. This is nationally recognized racism and has no place in Florida schools. pic.twitter.com/ludv7ARgNP
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 10, 2021
Tennessee’s law came into effect on July 1, prohibiting teachers from teaching “individuals who are inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive because of their race or gender, whether intentional or unintentional.”
Tennessee Governor and Republican Bill Lee said that schools must emphasize “American exceptionalism” instead of focusing on “inherent differences.”
Adrienne Dixson, a professor at the University of Illinois who specializes in the intersection of race and education, said the new law imposes an order on academic freedom and the state government’s power to restrict difficult but important conversations about race. People worry about issues.
“Unfortunately, politicians want to literally limit what we can know, what we can think and what we can talk about. This is worrying,” Dixon told Al Jazeera. “No matter what you think of race, it should be scary for everyone.”
The main issue for the two sides of the differences depends on whether people think that racism is a symptom of individual bad actors or is an inherent defect in the US government, business, and education system.
Jonathan Butcher, an educational policy scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation, believes that criticizing racial theories will perpetuate discriminatory attitudes rather than reduce them.
“It’s very different to say that these are personal actions that we condemn, and that the US government or public agency is essentially racist,” Butcher told Al Jazeera.
“This deprives children of the opportunity to understand the United States’ commitment to provide opportunities for everyone, regardless of their skin color, to be equal before the law.”
However, Dixon said that critical racial theory is only an exploration of the long-standing real part of American life.
“This is not a history fabricated by critical racial theories or people of color. This is a recorded history. We know this practically. We are considering this history and making sure we don’t copy it,” Dixon said.
“Racism is not necessarily a public act of someone using racial nicknames, or a clear policy to restrict people of color. But maybe it may be hidden in our policies in ways we don’t know, because we have internalized who Certain remarks or beliefs that are worth who are not worth.”