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CAIR Condemns Legislative Effort to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching in Tennessee

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/3/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an effort in the Tennessee legislature to ban anti-racism teaching.

According to media reports, members of the Tennessee House education administration committee will return today to amend legislation with language designed to prohibit schools from teaching lessons about systemic racism. The move appears to be part of a nationwide effort by right-wing activists to ban the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) in schools.

SEE: Tennessee Republicans want to block lessons on systemic racism in schools

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

“The nationwide effort to violate the First Amendment rights of teachers and school administrators, and to perpetuate systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy, must be opposed by all Americans who seek a just and inclusive society,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

He noted that CAIR recently condemned similar efforts to ban anti-racism teaching in Idaho and New Hampshire.

SEE: CAIR Urges New Hampshire Legislature to Drop Bill Modeled on Trump’s Executive Order Banning Anti-Racism Training

CAIR Condemns ‘White Power’ Vandalism of Ancient Native American Art in Utah, Bill to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching in Idaho

Earlier this year, CAIR renewed its call for Tennessee to drop consideration of anti-Muslim activist and possible 9/11 truther Laurie Cardoza-Moore to that state’s Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission.

SEE: CAIR Renews Call for Tennessee Legislature to Drop Appointment of Anti-Muslim Activist, Possible 9/11 Truther to Textbook Commission

McCaw 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.   

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.       

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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