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CAIR-Arizona Decries State Legislature’s Advancement of Ban on Anti-Racism Teaching

(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/26/2022) – The Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Arizona), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried the Arizona House of Representatives’ approval of a bill prohibiting anti-racism teaching in that state’s schools.  

Senate Bill 1412, based on the manufactured controversy nationwide over so-called “critical race theory” (CRT), bans teachers from using language that promotes or advocates for blame or judgment based on race, gender or ethnicity. Schools that violate the proposed law could be fined up to $5,000. Experts say CRT is not taught in Arizona schools. 

According tomedia reports“…Senate Bill 1412, would bar educators from teaching that casts ‘blame based on race, ethnicity or sex’ in all Arizona public schools. That…would include instruction on what happened in Buffalo.” 

The bill passed 31-27 and will return to the state Senate for final action before going to the governor for his signature. 

SEE: Arizona House Republicans advance bill addressing critical race theory in public schools

“This type of counterproductive and misguided legislation only serves to keep young people ignorant about the negative impact of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy on our nation’s past and future,” said CAIR-Arizona Executive Director Azza Abuseif

Abuseif noted that CAIR has previously condemned efforts to ban anti-racism teaching nationwide.  

According to the American Bar Association, “CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.” 

SEE: A Lesson on Critical Race Theory

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CONTACT: CAIR Arizona Executive Director Azza Abuseif, 602-349-1572,; CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,