Efforts to prevent New Hampshire public schools from discussing systemic racism or teaching topics related to racism and sexism, are a disservice to children and American history, Vice President Kamala Harris said.
“It is absolutely critical that we teach our children the truth about the history of our country in its best moments, and it’s in its worst moments,” Harris said during a trip to the state Friday. “If we are ever to go forward in a way that we learn from history and not repeat mistakes, we must know what those mistakes have been. We must know those tragic moments happened, so that we can ensure they don’t repeat themselves.”
State lawmakers have debated a bill that seeks to limit public schools and state contractors from discussing “divisive concepts” related to racism and sexism, and would specifically ban teaching that the state of New Hampshire or the U.S. is racist or sexist.