NEW ORLEANS ( Associated Press) — A state lawmaker’s effort to ban what public schools can teach about race in Louisiana was rejected by a House committee Tuesday, with some panel members saying the law had Unnecessarily encroaching on the duties of state and local education officials, and other critics say the law was written so broadly that it could stifle classroom debate.
Both bills were by Representative Ray Garofalo, a St. Bernard Parish Republican who lost his presidency. The House Education Committee last year after pushing a similar legislation over the objections of the House leadership. Garofalo was back in front of the same panel during the livestream meeting At the Capitol in Baton Rouge.
His House Bill 1014 Listed a number of teaching restrictions, including forbidding any person of any race to be taught “collective offense” for past actions by members of the same caste; That the United States is “systematically racist” or that anyone should be treated “adversely or advantageously” on the basis of race.
Similar bills have been proposed or passed in several Republican-controlled states in response to recent hype about the “critical race theory”. An academic framework from the 1970s that focuses on the idea that racism is systemic in the country’s institutions.
Critical race theory is not a fixture of K-12 education, but has become an important political addition to any teaching in schools about race and American history.
Another remedy for Garofalo, House Bill 747Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered during the 1963 Civil Rights Era March in Washington, as well as “a particular gender, race, ethnicity, or national origin naturalized is superior, inferior, privileged, disadvantaged, privileged, disadvantaged, biased, or oppressed relative to another.”
Garofalo said that his legislation was necessary to prevent “education” and said he had received several complaints from students, parents and faculty members, who said such legislation was needed, but that if they were to proceed publicly. If they come, they are afraid of retribution. “This is an issue that is important to many, many parents,” he said, adding that he believes black students are being taught that they are inferior and that “white students are being told That they are responsible for things that happened in the past.”
Critics of the law included former state representative Melissa Flornoy of the Louisiana Progress Organization, who testified that it was an attempt to “whitewash history.” Committee member Ken Brass, a Wachery Democrat, cited a part of King’s 1963 speech about unequal treatment of black people in America as saying it was contrary to other parts of the law.
Panel members largely criticized the measures as unnecessary. “We’ve tried to cut down on the legislature trying to decide the course,” said Lance Harris, chairman of the Rapids Parish Republican Committee. Motions for adjournment of action on both the bills were effectively filled in the committee and approved without objection.