On June 11-12, 2022, educators, parents, students, and community organizers are set to hold rallies in dozens of cities and towns throughout the country — from Alaska to Florida — with one clear demand: Teach the truth. Here's what you need to know about the movement for honesty about structural racism and oppression in education.
State Republican Rep. Jim Walsh recently introduced HB 1807 and Republican Rep. Brad Klippert introduced HB 1886 for this legislative session — two bills designed to mandate educators lie to Washington’s students about structural racism and sexism. It’s fitting that Rep. Klippert’s bill is numbered “1886,” as that was the year a mob of white people in Seattle rounded up more than 200 Chinese people, forced them into wagons, and hauled them to Seattle docks where they were placed on ships and deported. Though 15 people were tried in court in relation to the riot — including Chief of Police William Murphy who helped the mob round up Chinese people illegally — not a single one was ever convicted of a crime.
As a kickoff to the 2021-2022 "Black Lives Matter at School Year of Purpose," we call on you to join a National Day of Action to #TeachTruth about structural racism and oppression on Thursday, October 14, 2021--George Floyd's birthday.
Jesse Hagopian delivers a speech at the Seattle #TeachTruth rally on June 12, 2021. Photo by Maile Anderson, posted with permission. A great movement is gaining strength to refuse to lie to kids. On January 12th, 2021, hundreds of teachers in over 40 different cities and towns joined a national day of action to #TeachTruth …