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A group of Oklahoma students and teachers filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of a law banning the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism.


Law, HB 1775It also prohibits colleges and universities from requiring students to undergo gender or sexual diversity training.

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The American Civil Liberties Union and others sued on behalf of the group, including the American Indian Movement and the Oklahoma State Conference of the NAACP.

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According to the lawsuit, “HB 1775 severely prohibits discussion on race and gender in Oklahoma’s elementary, secondary, and higher education schools without valid educational justification, which is simultaneously broad and vague.”

Lily Amechi, a member of the Black Emergency Response Team, a group of black student leaders at the University of Oklahoma, said the law “is a direct attack on the education experience of the black community in particular and the marginalized communities at large on campus. ” .

Wadi Regan Kilaki is an English teacher at the Edmund School District in suburban Oklahoma City.

Kielaki, identified as White in the lawsuit, said, “HB 1775 limits my ability to teach an inclusive and complete history within the walls of my classroom, ultimately restricting the exact type of learning environment all young people have.” Is.”

GOP-backed bill prohibits teaching “Critical Race Theory” And was Passed by the Republican majority legislature and Put signature on This year by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt. The hard-to-define theory focuses on the idea that racism is systemic in American institutions, many of which serve to maintain white dominance in society.

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“It is absolutely true that when something goes against a left-liberal agenda, activist groups try to come to Oklahoma and challenge our laws and our way of life,” Stit spokeswoman Carly Atchison said in a statement. “Governor stands by his decision to sign Stitt HB 1775.”

Republican-controlled legislature More than a dozen states have considered or signed legislation that would limit the teaching of certain ideas associated with “critical race theory,” which seeks to redefine the narrative of American history.

Oklahoma’s law was sponsored by Republican Representative Kevin West, who said the law is “common sense” and guarantees that the history taught in schools does not shame children into taking the blame for past problems.

“It is unfortunate, but not surprising, to see radical leftist organizations supporting the racism of our children that HB 1775 was written to prevent,” West said in a statement.

The lawsuit asks federal court in Oklahoma City to grant a temporary injunction and declare the law unconstitutional.