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CAIR Welcomes Failure of Louisiana Legislature Effort to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching

(WASHINGTON D.C., 5/18/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcome the failure of two bills in the Louisiana legislature targeting anti-racism teaching in that state’s schools. Those bills were deferred and will not come up again this session. 

SEE: Bills banning controversial race discussions in classrooms fail in committee 

https://wgno.com/news/politics/bills-banning-controversial-race-discussions-in-classrooms-fail-in-committee/

The bills were part of a nationwide manufactured controversy over so-called Critical Race Theory (CRT), which is not taught in American 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 

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

“We welcome the failure of these bills, which were clearly based on the manufactured critical race theory controversy and sought to block teaching young people about the history of racism and white supremacy in Louisiana and nationwide,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.  

He noted that CAIR has previously condemned attempts to ban anti-racism teaching nationwide.  

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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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