The ACLU and other racist advocacy groups and educators have sued government officials for violating the new law, which restricts the discussion of race and gender in schools, to ban the teaching of “race criticism theory” in public schools.
According to a lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday, the 1775 Bill calls for “unprecedented, unconstitutional censorship” of discussions on race and gender in schools, and severely restricts, cleanses, and uses obscure language without legal justification. It has filed lawsuits against several defendants, including Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor, state chief Joy Hoffmeister, the state Board of Education, Gov. Kevin Stitt and the University of Oklahoma Board of Trustees.
Since the HB Act of July 1, 1775, Oklahoma educators have begun to ban books written by black and female writers, including “Kill the Cartoon,” “I Know Why a Bird in a Cage Sing,” and “Raisins in the Sun.” . According to the lawsuit, leaders of black students at the University of Oklahoma were forced to change their approach to secondary education for fear that educators would break the law, saying they were “now being subjected to racial and gender animosity and harassment.”
The new law prohibits the teaching of gender and sexual diversity to students at Oklahoma colleges and universities.
Among the plaintiffs was a teacher at Black Muskogee Public School, director of Chickasha Public School, both NAACP members, a group of OU professors, a black emergency team – a group of black student leaders from OU – the American Indian Movement Indian Territory , A group of professors from the American University of OU.
The law provides for “cold effects” on speech, limited access to necessary information, restrictions on teaching and learning on subjects related to race and gender, or prohibits necessary training on “difficult topics.” Improving access to curricula and the school environment.
“The law’s vague, far-reaching, and discriminatory provisions make Oklahoma educators forced to make basic and illegal choices: avoid class and discussion topics related to race and gender, or risk losing their teaching rights due to violations of the law.” The lawsuit states.
The groups allege that the bill violates Amendments 1 and 14 and call for a preliminary procedure to stop the bill immediately.
Kevin West, the state’s spokesman, and R. Moore, the author of the event, said race theorists are pushing the story of gender and race in America. The critical race theory movement seeks to explore how racism intersects American society and how racism forms a current problem.
West, who was not named in the lawsuit, said in a text after the lawsuit was written that “it is unfortunate, but not surprising, to see radical left-wing organizations that support racial discrimination against children.”
“The law guarantees that today’s children will be taught all the history in school without blaming themselves for the problems of the past, as the radicals of the East prefer,” he said. “The legitimate complaint is half-truths, and in some cases blatant misinformation.
Attorney General O’Connor said on Twitter that he was looking forward to protecting HB 1775 from “those activists who don’t share our Oklahoma values.”
“It would be wise for the legislature and governors to prevent their children from being taught that one race is the same as the other race,” he said.
Stitt, Hoffmeister, and the University of Oklahoma did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.
Anthony Douglas, president of the NAACP’s Oklahoma Group, said, “HB 1775 censors and reassures teachers and students in Oklahoma that they are discussing various topics in the history of the state and the United States, especially racism and injustice.” “Educators are not able to properly teach students about the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, the Tears, the Civil War, World War II, the Holocaust, or other cultural issues in U.S. history.”
BERT member Lilly Amechi said the bill “would be a direct attack on the educational experience of blacks and marginalized marginalized people.”
“We believe that all students have the right to freely and openly share their stories of discrimination, which cannot eliminate the life experiences of Black and Brown people, women, girls, and LGBTQ + people,” Amechi said.