State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism

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FILE – In this May 19, 2021, file photo, Betty Sawyer joins educators and community activists in protesting Utah lawmakers’ plans to pass resolutions encouraging a ban of critical race theory concepts outside of the Capitol in Salt Lake City as both supporters and counterprotesters stand behind her. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican-controlled legislatures across the country are advancing measures to limit how students can be taught about race and racism.

Democrats, teachers and racial justice scholars say the measures will have a chilling effect on educators. They also worry that students could be given a whitewashed version of the nation’s history. The bills have been signed into law in Idaho, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and are under consideration in many more states controlled by Republicans.

The bills’ supporters say concepts suggesting people are inherently racist or that America was founded on racial oppression have no place in the classroom.

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