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COLUMBUS (AP) – A debate over teaching the role of racism in American history will be highlighted on Wednesday as a committee examines two bills before Ohio lawmakers that would ban such teaching.
Education that focuses on the effect of racism on society would be banned in Ohio’s K-12 grades under a pair of bills introduced by Republican state lawmakers in May that are similar to legislation introduced nationally by GOP lawmakers.
Critical Race Theory is part of an academic movement that examines the history of the United States and modern society with an emphasis on the legacy of slavery, racism, and discrimination. Critics say he is proposing the United States to be a fundamentally racist country.
While the theory has been around for decades, conservatives have recently started focusing on it as a way to oppose classroom efforts to discuss issues related to race and racism. Such a setback became stronger as a result of the country’s reckoning on racial injustice and police brutality following the 2020 murder of George Floyd, who was black, by white Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin and
Teaching students that one race or gender is inherently superior to another or that individuals could be considered racist because of their skin color would be banned under a bill introduced by state officials of the GOP. Diane Grendell from Chesterland and Sarah Arthur from GenÃ¨ve-on-the -Lac.
A second bill introduced by Representative Don Jones of Freeport contains similar provisions and also prohibits teaching that the advent of slavery was the true foundation of the United States.
Despite GOP legislation, there is little evidence that the subject is taught in K-12 schools in Ohio or elsewhere. Supporters say the concept is misinterpreted and is a way to discuss the role of racism in society, such as discrimination in bank loans.
Neither of the Ohio bills uses the phrase Critical Race Theory, although Jones criticized the concept by name in a press release.