(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/4/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned another effort to ban anti-racism teaching in schools, this time in Wisconsin.
Republican lawmakers in that state introduced legislation yesterday that would bar public schools, universities and colleges from teaching critical race theory (CRT) concepts. It would also prohibit local governments and state agencies from utilizing anti-racism training.
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Yesterday, CAIR condemned a similar effort in the Kentucky legislature.
SEE: CAIR Condemns Kentucky Legislative Effort to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching
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
“It is time to end the introduction of these cookie-cutter bills nationwide that are designed to both deny the systemic racism experienced by minority communities on a daily basis and to stoke the fires of a culture war for perceived political gain,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
He noted that CAIR has condemned similar efforts to ban anti-racism teaching in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, and New Hampshire.
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Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
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