Democrat Lawmaker Calls for 'Racist' History Classes to Be Abolished
Curriculum 'leads to white privilege'
An Illinois Democratic lawmaker has called for history classes in the state to be abolished, claiming such teaching “leads to white privilege and a racist society.”
On Sunday, education leaders gathered in suburban Evanston to demand the Illinois State Board of Education alters the school history curriculum and halts instruction until an alternative is found, according to NBC Chicago.
State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford argued history teachings "lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities.”
Before the event, Ford’s office passed out a news release titled, “Rep. Ford Today in Evanston to Call for the Abolishment of History Classes in Illinois Schools.”
The news release reads:
“Concerned that current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, will join local leaders today at noon at the Robert Crown Center in Evanston to call on the state to stop its current history teaching practices until appropriate alternatives are developed."
“Attendees at Sunday’s press conference will discuss how current history teaching practices overlook the contributions by Women and members of the Black, Jewish, LGBTQ communities and other groups," the release continues.
"These individuals are pushing for an immediate change in history changing practice starting this school year.”
Ford was also quoted in the press release:
“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans.”
“I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history,” Ford announced.
“Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved," Ford continued.
"I’m also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.”
Activist Meleika Gardner was also quoting in the press release saying “miseducation” of children “must stop.”
Gardener said without any evidence to solidify her claims, “It is urgent that it comes to an end as we witness our current climate become more hostile."
"Miseducation has fed and continues to feed systemic racism for generations,” Gardner added.
“If Black History continues to be devalued and taught incorrectly, then it will call for further action.”
Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty was also quoted saying he was “not comfortable speaking on education, curriculum, and whether history lessons should be suspended."
Hagerty added that he supported Ford's legislation.
The news comes as the political left has pushed to remove historical statues and monuments across the US.
Last month, House Democrats released a draft of a funding bill that includes a plan to remove statues of those who served the Confederacy or have "unambiguous records of racial intolerance."