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Systemic Racism

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The debate over so-called "divisive concepts" has been a large focus of the state budget process this year. The New Hampshire Senate passed their version of the budget last week, which includes language allowing for public employees to opt out of any training that suggests race or sex could make someone inherently oppressive or oppressed, even unconsciously.

It also lays the ground for lawsuits against school districts that don't comply.

photo of people inside community center
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The Brentwood Newsletter was founded in 1977 to fix a problem: people in town weren’t getting along.

“Town meetings were kind of well known for being a bit of shouting affairs,” remembers Linda Rousseau. 

N.H. Statehouse
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A bill modeled on one of former President Donald Trump's executive orders has found its way into the state budget debate. The bill, known as House Bill 544, would ban public money from institutions, including schools that teach that any individual is inherently racist, oppressive or sexist based on their race or gender.

N.H. Businesses Oppose Bill To Ban Teaching About Systemic Racism, Sexism

Apr 6, 2021
The State House dome in Concord, New Hampshire
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Nearly 80 New Hampshire businesses and organizations have added their voices in opposition to a bill in the Legislature that would prevent public schools, organizations and state contractors from teaching about systemic racism.

Demostrator holds sign that says Stop Asian Hate.
Cori Princell; NHPR

Violent attacks against Asian Americans have invigorated an examination of our nation's long history of racism against people from this wide, diverse group. In New Hampshire these conversations arose at Stop Asian Hate rallies earlier this month. We reflect on this current moment, and welcome Asian American Granite Staters to join the conversation.

Air Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

New Hampshire has seen an increase in grassroots organization around racial justice this past year, and more activists are showing up in legislative sessions to push for civil rights. Now, those advocates are leading conversations on criminal justice and police reform at the State House.

Ian Haney López
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A bill in the New Hampshire House has prompted heated debate over how systemic racism is discussed in the state's public schools.

House Bill 544 would prohibit teaching about so-called divisive concepts such as racism and sexism in public schools and other state funded programs. And so far, much of the conversation has hinged on critical race theory, a field that includes the study of systemic racism and the relationship between law, race and power. All Things Considered Host Peter Biello spoke with Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, about the legislation. Haney Lopez is a critical race theory scholar.