They Couldn't Ban Books, So They Banned Words
Because the extremist right is having a hard time banning books, they've moved on to banning words.
The Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation (Assembly Bill 411 & Senate Bill 411) on a party-line vote Tuesday that would bar public schools from teaching words that the State Government doesn't approve of. This bill seeks to ban any education that teaches Americans that racism or sexism is wrong.
The measure would apply to both instruction provided to students in the classroom as well as training provided to school employees.
School districts that do not comply with the Government Mandate would lose 10 percent of their share of state funding. Parents or guardians of students in a school that violates the bill by teaching critical race theory or its related concepts would be allowed to sue in state circuit court.
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At EveryLibrary, we believe that Democracy thrives on, and requires, the robust dissemination of information and ideas. No American has moved their lives forward by being denied access to information.
In fact, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan wrote that "the right to receive ideas is a necessary predicate to the recipient's meaningful exercise of his own rights of speech, press, and political freedom." Id. at 887.
This bill would set the precedent that the Government, at any time, can dictate the words that Americans are allowed to use. This is a vast and substantial attack on Americans' First Amendment Rights.
These bills will make it impossible for our teachers to teach many of the most crucial and significant key events in world and US history and current events. There is simply no way to teach the historical context and consequences of events such as the Civil War, World War II, Japanese Internment, Slavery, the 14th Amendment, the Holocaust, Apartheid, and so much more without honest and frank discussions about the realities of racism around the world.
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How are we doing a service to our children when teachers can no longer teach that slavery, the Holocaust, or apartheid were wrong?
The Banned words are as follows:
Critical Race Theory (CRT)
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Culturally responsive teaching
Centering or de-centering
Colorism Conscious and unconscious bias
Critical ethnic studies
Critical Race Theory (CRT)
Culturally responsive practices
Free radical therapy
Free radical self/collective care
Internalized racial superiority
Internalized white supremacy
Oppressor vs. oppressed
Protect vulnerable identities
Racial sensitivity training
Representation and inclusion
Systems of power and oppression
White social capital