Texas GOP passes bill to stop teachers from talking about racism

Texas GOP passes bill to stop teachers from talking about racism
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[Ed. – Add ‘exclusively and incessantly’ to the title and it begins to approach the truth.]

Republicans in the Texas House passed a bill Tuesday that effectively bans public school teachers from talking about racism, white supremacy or current news events.

The bill, which is being fast-tracked to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to sign into law, states that social studies and civics teachers aren’t allowed to discuss the concept that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex,” or the idea that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.”

It also states that social studies and civics teachers “may not be compelled to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs” as part of a course.

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The legislation, which passed 79-65 almost entirely along party lines, doesn’t explicitly use the word “ban.” But it might as well.

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