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CAIR Calls on Indiana Legislature to Drop Bill Banning Anti-Racism Teaching 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/13/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Indiana House of Representatives to drop a bill that would ban anti-racism teaching. 

House Bill 1134, authored by Republican State Rep. Tony Cook, seeks to ban the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in schools. The bill passed the Indiana House Education Committee on an 8-5 vote. It now goes to the state’s House of Representatives. 

SEE: Indiana House panel moves to limit teaching about racism  

https://in.chalkbeat.org/2022/1/12/22881166/indiana-education-crt-bill-racism-restriction-committee

Indiana bill that spurred ‘Nazism’ remarks stalls, but similar CRT-inspired proposal advances 

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2022/01/13/indiana-senate-bill-167-stalls-but-similar-crt-proposal-advances-nazism-remarks/9188426002/

Op-Ed: Here’s what’s at risk if Indiana bills on teaching race-related topics become law. 

https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2022/01/13/indiana-critical-race-theory-bills-danger-students-teachers-education-sb-167-hb-1134-op-ed-opinion/9172448002/

‘Trust us to do the right thing’ | Teachers voice concerns about House Bill 1134 

https://www.wthr.com/article/news/education/teachers-take-legislation-concerns-to-indiana-statehouse-house-bill-1134-curriculum/531-f194c939-b2d7-4891-b9e5-09517bfb3c49

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 

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/civil-rights-reimagining-policing/a-lesson-on-critical-race-theory/

“Operating on the false premise that critical race theory is being taught in schools, legislation like House Bill 1134 limits the freedom of teachers to educate our nation’s youth about the ways in which systemic racism continues to negatively impact our society,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We call on the Indiana House of Representatives to drop this harmful and un-American bill.” 

McCaw noted that yesterday, CAIR-Missouri condemned a similar bill proposed by Republican lawmakers in that state. 

SEE: CAIR-Missouri Condemns Proposed Bill Banning Anti-Racism Teaching 

CAIR has condemned efforts to ban anti-racism teaching in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, New Hampshire, and other states.  

SEE: CAIR Condemns Proposed South Dakota Bill Banning Anti-Racism Teaching 

CAIR Calls for Independent Probe into Racism at N.C. School, Supports Anti-Racism Teaching in Utah After Backlash 

CAIR Condemns New Hampshire ‘Bounty’ to Catch Educator’s Anti-Racism Teaching 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com 

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