No Black Parents, Teachers, or Scholars Invited to Missouri Hearing on Educational Races


Missouri Legislative Commission on Monday We held a hearing on how educators teach students from kindergarten to high school about race and racism. No contact from a black misorian.

At invited-only hearings on critical racial theory, black parents, teachers, and scholars did not testify to the Joint Committee on Education.

Except for Missouri education officials, the only people who testified on Monday were critics of critical racial theory, a way of thinking about American history through the lens of racism.

“Except for those who say we were treated unfairly,” Rod Chapel, chairman of the NAACP, Missouri, said discussing unfairness was “ridiculous.”

“It speaks more to the kind of hearing they wanted than the information they wanted to collect,” Chapel told reporters after the hearing. “They wanted to hear from their friends who were trying to support their political issues.”

Republican Senator Cindy Olavlin, who heads the committee, hears to emphasize the voices of parents who are angry with critical racial theory that local school officials have ignored their complaints. Said that he would like to use.

“Today, I felt it was important to hear from people who were basically rejected as they tried to go through the official cycle of authority in the district,” she told a member of the committee.

Olavlin also invited an associate professor who specializes in black history, but said he refused to testify.

She said there would be more public hearings on the Commission on Critical Racial Theory and more opportunities for the public to participate.

“I’m sure this isn’t the last conversation,” she said.

Heather Fleming, a former Missouri teacher who currently provides diversity and inclusion training, said she wanted to testify on Monday but was not allowed. She said that African Americans weren’t involved in the debate, “you’re talking about us without us.”

“What really showed that there were no African Americans in the room was that this wasn’t really understandable,” Fleming said.

Scholars developed critical racial theory in the 1970s and 1980s in response to the lack of racial progress following civil rights law in the 1960s and what they saw.

Recently, it has become a political lightning rod.

Many Republicans should rewrite American history to rewrite the underlying concepts of critical racial theory, be whites essentially racists, and feel guilty for their benefits. I see it as an effort to persuade.

“Some students have serious emotional problems dealing with CRT, or social justice, a concept taught in our school,” said the Missouri branch leader of Group No Left Turn in Education. Katie Rash told the committee on Monday.