As of June 18, 25 states have introduced bills or taken other steps to restrict education on racism and bias, according to EdWeek. But University of California, Berkeley sociology professor Prudence Carter said this approach to teaching would tamp down on vital context that is necessary in order to understand certain literature or current events. She said that if students were studying the writings of Toni Morrison or James Baldwin, for example, it would be hard to fully understand their books without discussing “the context of the African-American experience” in America. The same is true for Juneteenth, which recently became a federal holiday, Carter added. Carter joined PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz on Tuesday, June 29 to answer viewers’ questions on critical race theory.
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