Tell Georgia's State Board of Education to stop censoring American history in our schools!

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Georgia's Board of Education passed a resolution on Thursday, June 3, 2021 essentially seeking to eliminate discussion & teaching in Georgia’s schools of racism and racial challenges we people of color have faced and continue to face in America. This resolution makes shockingly inaccurate claims including statements which seek to rewrite our history, e.g., "with respect to their relationship to American values, slavery and racism are anything other than deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality." 

Teaching civics, social studies, and history with a social justice lens, incorporating DEI and CRT pedagogy & practices, and acknowledging the past and present racial traumas in American society, especially given our state's role, are necessary to build awareness, understand and address major societal & systemic challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, and heal intergenerational trauma. Just as recent voter suppression legislation was passed in Georgia to placate unfounded claims of fraud, we believe this is another attempt to further suppress our voices, our stories, and our truth. We must teach our children America's true and complete history!

We call on Georgia's State Board of Education leaders to immediately reverse this resolution as well as work with Georgia’s BIPOC families, community leaders, and DEI, antiracism, & CRT pedagogy experts, educators, & practitioners to define a plan for how best to proactively, inclusively, and truthfully include these components into Georgia's schools.

Please note that the original State BOE resolution file appears to have been removed from their site. The link in this petition has been updated to a saved, unedited version of the resolution for your review (linked again here).

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