GOP-led Ohio legislature is a puppet
bad ideas about race, upbringing
On May 25, Republican State Representative Don Jones introduced HB 322. With it, Ohio joins several other Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country seeking to restrict the teaching of history. racialism of the United States and to deny white privilege and supremacy.
Apparently, we must not teach our children the truth about racism, lynchings, murders and racial massacres in the United States, like the Tulsa massacre, which took place 100 years ago.
This bill fits nicely with the hundreds of voter suppression bills that are making their way into Republican-controlled legislatures across the country. It also matches Ohio’s four bills to curb public protests (SB 16, SB 41, HB 109, and HB 22). It seems that the Republicans have no other goal than to stay in power by making it more difficult for blacks and browns to vote and protest.
For many years, Republicans also attacked public education for keeping it low and education limited because a weak public education system cannot produce informed and thoughtful citizens. Jones continues this attack on public education with the introduction of HB 322, which is designed to stifle the truth about our racial history and current events.
It appears that promoting lies and suppressing voting and truth is the Republican Party’s new business in the post-Trump presidency. The Ohio legislature is nothing more than a puppet of these bad ideas. We can’t expect any good ideas from the Ohio Legislature as long as Republicans control the legislative process.
Charles Williams, Worthington
Republicans profess to love freedom,
but act to restrict it at every turn
I find it interesting that the party that wears its patriotism on its sleeve and professes its love for freedom to the point of tolerating an attack on the United States Capitol, continues to trample on the rights of average Americans.
The GOP, the party that felt this was an undue restriction on their freedom to wear life-saving masks, is now removing one after another in state legislatures across the country.
Since the 2020 election, GOP state legislatures, like ours in Ohio, have passed law after law restricting the rights and freedoms of Americans who disagree with their political agenda.
Republicans pass laws restricting voting rights (especially in states where they did not win), restricting the rights of transgender youth and their families to make health decisions, restricting the rights of governors to issue public health orders and continue to restrict women’s rights to make health decisions about their own bodies.
More recently, the GOP has set its sights on free speech and banned educators from talking about race and racism in certain ways in the classroom. It comes at a time when white Americans are beginning to understand what black Americans have known for over 400 years, that systemic racism exists, and that people of color are deeply affected by it.
The GOP doesn’t want “anyone” (white people) to feel uncomfortable about racism, so it becomes illegal to talk about it. It is the surest way to ensure that racism will continue to flourish in this country.
I, as a white person, know that I did not create systemic racism, but I can do something about it and it is the unease I feel about the inequality in our nation that drives me. to do better.
If educators aren’t allowed to answer students’ questions about race or teach slavery, Jim Crow, or the civil rights movement, then we are destined to continue the shameful legacy of white supremacy.
And if we continue to allow extremists in a party (which claims to love freedom) to restrict everyone’s freedom, they do not okay, not only will we have lost the chance to evolve as a country, but we will also have lost what makes our evolution possible: our democracy.
Anne Comarda, Columbus
Ohio lawmakers show lack of capacity
understand critical race theory
State legislatures seem to have the remarkable and bizarre ability to pass similar bills in waves. The wave now sweeping through a number of states calls for banning the teaching of critical race theory.
For years, I just called this “historical research,” which is investigating the past from everyone’s perspective.
For example, I visited the city of Nantes, France, and along the river is a museum that traces Nantes’ involvement in building ships that were used as slave ships.
It is not a rewrite of history – it is a revision of history, a truth and an act of contrition.
I found it to be an honorable presentation. They did so for the sake of historical accuracy even though it made them face up to their role in the brutality of the slave trade. Please don’t be afraid of critical race theory.
Instead, we need to be aware of the lack of critical thinking skills among Republicans in state legislatures who need to be spoon fed legislation rather than doing the investigative work necessary to create strong legislation.
I want our children to learn the whole truth about how we are in the form we find ourselves in today.
F. Allan Debelak, Colomb
Here is a way around
“Republican Wackos” teach history
I would like to propose a solution to the debate on critical race theory and the teaching of questionable history in the public school system.
The Constitution prohibits the teaching of specific religious doctrine in public schools.
I attended Catholic schools from grades 1 to 12. Our school system met all legal requirements of state law.
As students, we have met the state requirements to earn 16 credits for a high school diploma. But we also earned extra credit – Sunday school classes.
Keep in mind that parish schools were not funded by taxpayer dollars. The Catholic population of the diocese paid to operate the schools. The catechism classes did not violate any law.
Some of our Jewish friends attended the local public school system from grade one through high school graduation. They also met the 16 credit hours required by the state to earn a high school diploma.
Families of the local Jewish population wanted their children to learn about the Jewish religion, history and the Hebrew language. But, that couldn’t be done in the public school system.
So what did Catholic and Jewish parents do?
They created and funded after-school or Saturday religion classes that were completely separate from the requirements of public schools and federal or state law and permitted by the US Constitution.
Perhaps parents of public school children should now form groups that mimic the religious procedures outlined above, after school or Saturday history class discussions, regardless of what the wacky Republicans are trying to do. do in public classrooms.
The only requirement should be to present real, honest, factual and impartial historical events by qualified and informed parent / guardian teachers. Bias not allowed. Just the facts, the good and the bad.
Help these children in the “Saturday class” discuss real, verified and controversial historical events and draw their own conclusions.
Do not encourage the children in the Saturday class to debate in public school classrooms. Just follow the Republican weirdos; study for their tests; graduate and step into the real world.
Besides, what better way to attract diverse people and students for a common goal than education.
Michael D. Kovalik, Westerville
A solution to avoid the critical stroke
Theory in Schools: Teaching the Bible Instead
Perhaps if the Bible were taught in schools, there would be no point in teaching “critical race theory.”
Miles C. Larrick, Dublin