What do Texas schools say about the KKK?

THE fight to ban critical race theory from being taught in American public schools continues as the state of Texas takes the next step.

Critical Race Theory looks at the impact of race and racism in United States institutions.

What do Texas schools say about the KKK?

On July 20, the Texas Senate pushed to ax requirements that public schools teach certain material related to the KKK, the civil rights movement and women's suffrage.

If the bill passes – the current requirement, which allows students to learn "the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and how it is morally wrong," will be dropped.

The proposed legislation is widely considered to be part of a Republican campaign against Critical Race Theory.

The Republican-led upper chamber passed the measure, Senate Bill 3, in an 18-4 vote on July 18.

In June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation that outlined how state schools can educate students about race and racism.

The legislation banned schools from teaching that individuals bear responsibility for actions committed by people in the past because of their race.

That bill included a section requiring that students are taught “historical documents related to the civic accomplishments of marginalized populations.”

What topics are included in Texas' legislation?

The topic included in Texas' proposed legislation that students will not be required to learn include:

  • The Chicano movement
  • Women's suffrage and equal rights
  • The history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery
  • The eugenics movement
  • the Ku Klux Klan
  • Martin Luther King Jr's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and "I Have a Dream" speech.

The bill says teachers should cover those topics "from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective" to the best of their ability.

“What we’re doing with this bill, we’re saying that specific reading list doesn’t belong in statute,” state Senator Bryan Hughes, the bill’s author, said in a statement to Bloomberg.

What have Texas Democrats said about the bill?

Texas Democrats have condemned the measure, saying teachers’ hands will be tied.

"How could a teacher possibly discuss slavery, the Holocaust, or the mass shootings at the Walmart in El Paso or at the Sutherland Springs church in my district without giving deference to any one perspective?" State Senator Judith Zaffirini told Bloomberg.

The legislation now awaits consideration in the House.

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