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September 23, 2021 Columns and Editorials

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N.C. House Seeks to Censor Critical Thinking in Proposal That Limits Discussions of Racism and Sexism Public Schools

RALEIGH, N.C. -  The N.C. House railroaded approval of HB 324, a bill that would ban teachers from using lessons that acknowledge America’s history and legacies related to racism and sexism. The proposal first appeared in the N.C. House Education Committee on Tuesday in a maneuver that substituted new language into an unrelated bill about charter schools. The committee approved the sweeping new language with roughly six minutes of debate. The N.C. House Rules Committee endorsed the bill later in the day. The full House passed the measure Wednesday afternoon

Chantal Stevens, executive director for the ACLU of North Carolina, issued the following statement after the House passage of HB 324:

“The way this bill was fast-tracked with no opportunity or notice for public comment is a perfect illustration of what legislators hope to achieve in classrooms across the state. Lawmakers pushing this bill do not want to hear views that conflict with their own. North Carolinians deserve better than a sham process that radically overhauls what can be taught to the more than 1.5 million public school students in our state.

“Rather than help young people get the most out of their education to help them grow into informed and engaged citizens, some lawmakers want to practice censorship and impose an alternate version of American history — one that erases the legacy of discrimination and lived experiences of Black and Brown people, women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals. 

“Teaching about systemic racism and sexism is not discrimination. Including such topics in curriculums will equip future generations with the critical thinking skills required to reckon with contemporary racial and gender discrimination. Prohibiting these topics in the classroom is an authoritarian exercise that would chill the First Amendment rights that teachers and students retain in the classroom and prohibit speech and curriculum that may be critical to achieving educational equity for students as required under the law.   

“Slavery and its legacy of oppression are parts of North Carolina’s history that Black people are still facing today. The recent protests and calls for racial justice demonstrate that people across North Carolina fully acknowledge the realities of systemic racism and sexism are still alive and well, and that the education to dismantle the systems and pursue change is more important than ever.” 

Letter to the Editor

Vernon Jordan, Prominent Lawyer also Pioneer in Voter Rights, Dies

I salute and honor Vernon Jordan, a prominent lawyer who was also a pioneer in ensuring the 1965 Voters Rights legislation was fully realized in the South and sparked my political journey. As a young lawyer he served as the Director of the Voter Education Project (VEP) in Atlanta, Georgia during the years 1966-1970; sponsored voter education projects and encouraged Blacks to run for various offices through the South, including Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

In North Carolina, VEP-sponsored projects educated voters about their rights under the 1965 Voter Rights Act and encouraged Blacks to volunteer to run for various offices. In 1968, I ran for Congress and Dr. Reginald Hawkins ran for Governor. I knew it was unlikely that I would win; I lost royally. The primary goal, however, was to increase registration - which we did significantly.

Many earlier political successes in the South were supported and nurtured by Vernon Jordan of the Voter Education Project, for which we are grateful.

Eva Clayton

Former Congresswoman 1992-2003

Letter To The Editor

REVISIONIST BLACK HISTORY

The recent action taken by the Quaker Oats family of products to change the name of Aunt Jemima to the Pearl Milling Company (which in 1888 developed self-rising flour), was a supposed bid to redress complaints of racism from the perceived belittling name for their best pancake mix taking it away from its legacy of good home cooking.   The face of Aunt Jemima was originally depicted by Nancy Green, a member of my grandfather’s Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois.  Green, a woman of class, was not a mammy per se but one born into slavery yet found to be a servant of G-d’s word.  In a bid for cultural whatever, “nilism’ is a description for removing all vestige of truth in search of political correctness by which Black History has been distorted with facts thought a disgrace haphazardly removed rather than allow such to exist on its own truth.  read more...

Letter To The Editor

PROTESTATION

I have a protestation that revels repulsion to think that our intelligence should be, is, insulted by the notion that the truth of systemic-racism, is not a beast, and a monster, is a bold faced lie. To go forth to say that this should not be taught because it will be an agent to instill a poor self image or promote the disease of poor self-esteem is preposterous

Firstly, born, reared, nurtured, supported, and revalidated that I came to this earth to live in the residence of this world as an equal to every other human being. I have the years of longevity to say that I’ve been fortunate enough to live those evidences in the County of Wake, in N.C. read more...