Arkansas’ Crackdown on African American Studies: A Move for Progress or Suppression?


FILE - Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signs an education overhaul bill into law on March 8, 2023, at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. A new lawsuit filed Monday, May 8, 2023, says the Arkansas Board of Education improperly voted to let a nonprofit charter schools organization manage a school district because a new law allowing such contracts has not yet taken effect. The suit challenges the Arkansas LEARNS Act that Sanders signed into law in March. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
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In a shocking move, Arkansas is once again setting a contentious precedent by confiscating African American studies materials over concerns about critical race theory.

Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her administration have demanded that every K-12 school in a six-district radius turn over educational materials for inspection, citing concerns about indoctrinating students.

But is this truly about preventing potential biases or an overt act of erasing important aspects of Black history and culture? The Arkansas Department of Education recently declined to recognize a new advanced placement course on African American history for the upcoming school year.

In a nation built on freedom and the right to knowledge, one has to ask, are we nurturing an informed future or propagating a censored past?

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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