MCJ Sends Letter to the Governor, Legislative Leadership to Call for Accurate and Honest History Instruction in Public Classrooms

The Mississippi Center for Justice on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, delivered to Gov. Tate Reeves and key Mississippi legislative leaders a letter that condemns the push to stop educators from teaching the truth in history classrooms. A PDF of the letter can be found here.

MCJ and our education allies call for accurate and honest teaching of history in Mississippi public classrooms, and urge policymakers to reject proposed legislation that would remove references to race and racism from history instruction. The legislation pending at the Mississippi Capitol seeks to restrain and penalize educators, school districts and higher learning institutions by limiting and eliminating factual and historical content related to racism and race, depriving Mississippi students of vital historical context for present day issues.

Censorship of education has no place in the 21st century. We should teach about race and racism the same way we teach about math or chemistry; as accurately as we can. It’s crucial for teachers to have the freedom, without fear of censure or retribution, to teach truthful information about our state and nation’s history.