Educators Across the U.S. Pledge to Teach Truth: “We Refuse to Lie to Young People About U.S. History”

Across the U.S., lawmakers in at least 28 states are attempting to pass so-called anti-critical race theory legislation that would prohibit teachers from teaching students about the role of racism, sexism and oppression throughout U.S. history.

In response, educators across the United States are signing a “pledge to teach the truth.” And this weekend, educators in at least 115 cities will stage public demonstrations to stand in protest against the wave of bans on discussing social justice issues in American schools and workplaces.

Texas Republicans to Ban Public Schools Teaching History of White Supremacy: “Legislators Need Their Own History Lesson”

Texas’s Senate Bill 3 removes requirements that public schools teach about the history of slavery and white male domination in America.
“HB 3797, which applies to social studies courses, prohibits teachers from discussing issues that might make students ‘feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race or sex.'”

“This bill is not about ‘critical race theory,'” Texas state Rep. Erin Zwiener (D) told Ms. “‘Critical race theory’ is this Boogeyman they have identified. What this is about is whitewashing history. Whitewashing our English classes.”

Critical Race Theory Panic: “A Tried and True Playbook Move”

Critical race theory, a framework that aims to teach how racism has shaped U.S. laws and institutions, is being banned in classrooms around the country. Republicans are using critical race theory as a dog whistle to mobilize suburban white voters against Democrats.

“It would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous,” said law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, a founder of critical race theory.

Texas Democrats: Nothing Is “Off the Table” Ahead of Special Legislative Session on Voting Rights and Budget

In a year of rampant voter suppression, voting laws in the Lone Star State are the most restrictive in the country. The fight for voting rights in Texas will reach a new flash point this week during a special legislative session beginning Thursday, July 8.

State Representative Erin Zwiener (D) joined Ms. for a conversation about what to expect throughout this special session, how she and other Democrats are fighting growing Trumpism among state legislative bodies, and what Texas Democrats are up to next in their attempts to protect the right to vote for all Texans.