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NH Legislature’s Preposterous Law Banning Instruction on Systemic Racism and Sexism Does the GOP Assume that NOT Teaching About it Will Make it Go Away?

March 2, 2021

The headline of a recent NHPR report on a bill before the NH Legislature made me realize how preposterous it is to believe that NOT teaching a subject will somehow make it irrelevant or unknown to the general public. The headline read:

Lawmakers Debate Banning N.H. Schools From Teaching About Systemic Racism, Sexism

It dawned on me as I read that headline that I was NEVER taught about systemic racism and sexism during my time in public schools… but the fact that I wasn’t taught about them in the 1950s and early 1960s didn’t mean that it didn’t exist at that time and clearly didn’t mean I didn’t learn about it later in life. Indeed, the social studies lessons I was taught throughout my schooling would match the curriculum Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission sought. Here’s the problem, though: what I WITNESSED and what I read about AFTER I left school brought me to the conclusion that systemic racism and sexism DO in fact exist and, knowing that and finding it distasteful, I hoped to see laws passed and hearts changed so  that it would be put out of existence. So to my GOP friends in the NH Legislature… please do not think for a minute that banning the instruction of a subject will make it go away or make voters fail to learn about it.

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