Guns and Critical Race Theory Will Be Hot Topics for the General Assembly

Guns and Critical Race Theory Will Be Hot Topics for the General Assembly

Editor’s Note: The Georgia legislature gaveled in for its annual 40-day session on Jan. 10. Here’s a look at some issues they’re likely to tackle from georgiarecorder.com . Teachers and administrators from across the state agree critical race theory is not discussed in Georgia grade school classrooms, but it likely will be a hot topic in January as lawmakers return for an election-year legislative session. But with restrictions on schools teaching about racism and other cultural issues dominating the discussion before the session begins, some worry more pressing problems like school funding could get short shrift. Critical race theory, a term for a legal framework developed in the 1970s defining racism as arising from social forces rather than individual prejudice, has become a catch-all for instruction that acknowledges racist structures in American history like redlining and Jim Crow. Opponents argue focusing on these issues and tying them to modern problems weighing on racial minorities is divisive and paints people as oppressors or victims based on their race. According to Google Trends, searches for critical race theory were mostly flat from when tracking began in 2004 until last May, when internet interest spiked. That’s about the same time parents started showing up to school board meetings across the state to demand an end to so-called critical race theory lessons. During a May Cherokee County school board meeting, state Rep. Brad Thomas, a Republican from Holly Springs, said he had already started writing a bill to ban critical race theory in […]

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