The Georgia The General Assembly has passed a bill aimed at discussing race in schools, which also paves the way for transgender students to be banned from playing in women’s teams after the legislative session on Monday night.
HB1084 bans the teaching of nine so-called “separating concepts,” including that the U.S. is “fundamentally racist” and that “one race is inherently superior to another”.
“Separation concepts” are almost identical to those defined in order of the executive signed by then-President Donald Trump in 2020, who sought to ban them from training federal workers. The bill also establishes a procedure for local school boards to handle parental complaints about teaching concepts.
The bill is the latest in a series of state steps aimed at restricting the discussion of race in schools and banning critical race theory, an academic discipline that explores the ways racism operates in American law and society. which became a problem for the Republicans lightning rod.
Last month in Mississippi, the Republican-controlled legislature passed an inaccurate bill aimed at critical race theory. It met with unanimous and sharp criticism from black lawmakers.
During Monday night’s meeting, Georgia Republicans added to the law a last-minute measure that allows the state’s high school athletics leadership to ban transgender girls from competing with other girls in public school sports.
An earlier version of the bill, which passed the state senate but was locked in the house, demanding a strict ban on transgender boys and girls playing in teams that did not match their gender assigned at birth.
Georgian Democrats condemned the last-minute changes. Democratic House leader James Beverly described the measure as an attempt to “target trans children, ban children from playing sports and attack teachers at the same time.” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“This bill is aimed at the most vulnerable Georgians, transgender youth,” said Matthew Wilson, a Democratic spokesman. quoted in the local press. “It forces us not only to be on the wrong side of history and morals, but also on the wrong end of the trial.”
But Republican Speaker David Ralston, a Republican who blocked a previous iteration in the Senate, defended the measure, saying it did not seek to directly ban transgender students from playing sports.
“We will allow them [the Georgia High School Association] make these decisions, ”Ralston told reporters. “And we have an oversight committee on that. But we really need to make these decisions here. “
The bill was passed to the guerrilla house and will now be sent to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
In a statement, the Democratic Party of Georgia accused Kemp of “extreme politics” ahead of the “brutal primaries” he is due to adopt later this year.
Kemp faces a challenge from former Georgia Senator David Purdue, backed by Donald Trump. The former president has turned Kemp aside after his refusal to block certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the state in the 2020 election.
“Parents and teachers can and do work together to give our children the best possible education, and politicians like Kemp should keep their party programs out of class,” said Max Flugrat, a spokesman for the state’s Democratic Party.