SB148 / HB7 would censor protected speech in workplaces and classrooms by banning teaching about systemic racism and gender and race discrimination. It also removes instruction on mental and emotional health from our schools. The bill’s vague prohibitions constitute government overreach and censorship that will chill speech and critical discourse in employment and education. These bills will also give employees the ability to file discrimination claims against an employer engaging in such trainings or discussions.
The bill seeks to erase America’s complex and painful history of racism, oppression and gender discrimination, which continues to impact our country, our institutions, and our culture. This proposal is part of a new nationwide attempt to erase the history and lived experiences of marginalized communities.