Will Louisiana Ban Study of Racism Outright?Breaking News
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Republican officials in Louisiana are proposing a ban on teaching about racism at the state's higher education institutions — the latest move amid a wave of legislation across the country aimed at legislating curriculum in the nation's classrooms.
GOP Party officials in the state want Louisiana lawmakers to prohibit the study of racism at colleges and universities, claiming the "inglorious aspects" of American history are too divisive, according to NOLA.com, which cites a GOP resolution on the matter.
The state GOP leadership also wants to nix diversity, equity, and inclusion departments at colleges and universities, claiming without evidence that such agencies stir political tensions on campuses and have overgenerous budgets, NOLA.com reported. A third of Louisiana residents are Black, according to the US Census Bureau.
A spokesperson for the Republican Party of Louisiana (LAGOP), which lauds "limited government" and "the rights of the people," did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on Sunday.
The Louisiana GOP's effort comes as dozens of states have proposed legislation that would prohibit DEI offices and training, diversity statements, and identity preferences in hiring and admissions. The Republican effort follows attempts to stop the teaching of Critical Race Theory, which is a legal approach taught largely in graduate schools, and policies that address race in general from various aspects of public life.
According to NOLA.com, the GOP resolution argued that "DEI bureaucracies" act as "divisive ideological commissariats," criticizing programs at LSU and the University of Louisiana System. The resolution specifically named a UL system administrator, criticizing her for putting resources towards DEI efforts, NOLA.com reported.
That drew a response from the University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson, who said the claims in the GOP resolution were "so foreign to the reality at our institutions it defies comment," according to a statement shared with Insider.
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