Georgia lawmakers have introduced anti-critical race theory legislation that’s pretty similar to Florida’s “parental rights in education” bill for a double-whammy school bill that is leaving progressives fuming.
According to The Blaze:
The “Common Humanity in Private Education Act” introduced in the state Senate would prohibit schools from teaching “that any sex, race, ethnicity, color, or natural origin is inherently superior or inferior,” adopting language similar to other Republican-backed bills that have taken aim at critical race theory. The bill also prohibits teaching that anyone is “inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” and bans classroom exercises that “segregate students” by race (a junior high school in New York City sparked controversy for one such exercise).
But the bill goes much further than banning critical race theory. It also aims to “deter developmentally inappropriate classroom discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation” for primary school students — meaning, children in kindergarten through 6th grade, who are generally between the ages of 5 to 12.
Similar legislation in Florida was inaccurately labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by radical LGBTQ+ activists and critics who claim it is hateful and discriminatory to restrict discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity to higher grade levels.
A spokeswoman for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who supports the parental rights bill, said the bill “would be more accurately described as an Anti-Grooming Bill” and controversially stated: “if you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4-8 year old children. Silence is complicity. This is how it works, Democrats, and I didn’t make the rules.”
The Georgia legislation states that some schools “have inappropriately discussed gender identity with children who have not yet reached the age of discretion.”
It also argues that “curricula and programs based in critical theory” have compelled “students to adopt language and attitudes that promote racial division and discrimination.”
Critics immediately attacked the legislation, sounding the alarm and inaccurately calling it Georgia’s version of the “Don’t Say Gay bill.”
Anthony Michael Kreis, a law professor at Georgia State University, has called the bill “a profoundly hateful piece of legislation that will harm Georgia’s children, chill speech, and will be used as a cudgel to attack LGBTQ people and their supporters as pedophiles.”
Illiberalism and anti-LGBTQ propaganda are the tools of despots and autocrats. Legislation like "don't say gay" bills has no place in Georgia, in American, or any health democracy. #gapol
— Anthony Michael Kreis ????? (@AnthonyMKreis) March 9, 2022
Source: The Blaze