World ACLU files suit against Oklahoma over law limiting critical race theory instruction

05:31  20 october  2021
05:31  20 october  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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An American Civil Liberties Union -backed lawsuit filed against Oklahoma Tuesday is seeking to put a stop to a law that limits teaching critical race theory in the state. FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt gestures during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt on Thursday, Jan.23, 2020, banned state-funded travel to the state of California, saying it's in response to similar bans California has put in place on travel to the Sooner State.

The ACLU federal lawsuit in Oklahoma is the first to challenge a state law implemented to prevent the teaching of critical race theory . The suit was filed on behalf of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the state chapter of the NAACP, the activist group American Indian Movement-Indian Territory and high school teacher Regan Killackey. Also among the plaintiffs are the Black Emergency Response Team , a group formed by University of Oklahoma students to combat racism after Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members were captured on

An American Civil Liberties Union-backed lawsuit filed against the state of Oklahoma Tuesday is seeking to put a stop to a law that limits the teaching of critical race theory in the state.

"HB 1775 is a direct affront to the constitutional rights of teachers and students across Oklahoma by restricting conversations around race and gender at all levels of education. We bring this case to vindicate the rights of Oklahoma teachers and students and to protect the integrity of our educational institutions," said ACLU of Oklahoma legal director Megan Lambert in a press release Tuesday.

HB 1775, which was signed into law by Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, makes it the policy of the Oklahoma State Board of Education to "prohibit discrimination on the basis of race or sex," making it illegal for teachers, administrators or other public school employees to teach that an "individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive." The law also prohibits teaching that any race or sex is "inherently superior."

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The lawsuit – backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on behalf of Oklahoma civil rights and Indigenous groups – is the first constitutional challenge to so-called “ critical race theory ” statutes following a wave of Republican-endorsed legislation to prohibit teachers from discussing racism and sexism in schools. Oklahoma was the first state to pass such a law , which invokes a largely obscure legal framework to address the legacy of slavery and racism in institutions and is not part of K-12 curriculums. Though the laws do not directly

A lawsuit filed Tuesday is challenging Oklahoma ’s law against school discussions of racism and sexism, the first federal suit to allege that a conservative state’s so-called “ critical race theory ” ban is inherently unconstitutional. The state’s law , the lawsuit says, has had a chilling effect on the terminology and lesson plans teachers incorporate into their instruction – content that helps to ensure historically marginalized students have an equitable education. The Republican lawmakers who sponsored the Oklahoma bill touted it as an effort to combat racism and sexism in schools.


But the ACLU-backed lawsuit claims that the law is actually "aimed at censoring discussions around race and gender in the classroom" while violating "students’ and educators’ First Amendment right to learn and talk about these issues."

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to halt enforcement of HB 1775 on the grounds of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

"All young people deserve to learn an inclusive and accurate history in schools, free from censorship or discrimination," said ACLU attorney Emerson Sykes of the law. "HB 1775 is so poorly drafted — in places it is literally indecipherable — that districts and teachers have no way of knowing what concepts and ideas are prohibited. The bill was intended to inflame a political reaction, not further a legitimate educational interest."

The ACLU was joined in the lawsuit by the ACLU of Oklahoma and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on behalf of the Black Emergency Response Team, University of Oklahoma Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the Oklahoma State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Indian Movement.

"Education is a tool of empowerment put to its highest use when teachers and students are afforded the full scope of their constitutional rights to engage in comprehensive, meaningful, and sometimes difficult conversations," Lambert said.

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