Alabama GOP’s ‘divisive concepts’ war on education, driven by racism and fear
This is an opinion cartoon.
In the true irony of Alabama, the GOP lawmakers’ “divisive concepts” bill is an inherently bad divisive concept and should be contrary to this law. This is just another example of white Republicans being overly scared in the classroom to try to steer teachers away from discussing the truth about our racist history.
This is Alabama, people. Our education system cannot afford to be whitewashed and dumbed down more than it is.
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Another ironic twist is that this bill trying to deny provocative thinking has prompted several thoughtful quotes on the subject. Several are dotted throughout Kyle Whitmire’s Twitter feed @WaronDumb live report on the matter. Here are some excerpts:
“Alabama has spent centuries trying to justify its racism. It’s heartbreaking to see how the powerful in this state continue to contort themselves morally and logically to keep people from talking about it or learning from it. – Tweet by John Archibald
Representing Chris England: “Just because you refuse to talk about something doesn’t mean it’s not going away. It’s only getting worse and worse.
Representative Anthony Daniels: “I don’t know what motivates you, but it worries me. Of all the fucking problems we have in this state, focus on this one.
Rep. Daniels says the bill gives Alabama another black eye, that the state will find it even more difficult to recruit companies because of this “Racist Legislation”.
Representative John Rogers: “What we have done here will probably never be able to be undone. It’s not a party anymore. It’s black and white now.
Feelings are believed in the house. Roger: “We feel like you’ve totally disrespected us. Don’t pat me on the back and tell me you love me and then slit my throat.
Representative Mike Ball, R-Madison, now speaking, perhaps the only Republican to voice ambivalence about the bill. “The idea of divisive concepts, in a free society, people who promote divisive concepts must be protected.”
The ball is not showing up for re-election. He told me last week that if a Democrat had introduced a similar bill 12 years ago, Republicans would have called them “Thought Police.”
Ball: “You can’t pass a law that can fix a spiritual problem.” Gets cheers and applause from black lawmakers.
Related: Whitmire: The Alabama legislator wants to ban critical race theory. So I asked him what it was.
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JD Crowe is the cartoonist for Alabama Media Group and AL.com. He won the RFK Human Rights Award for Editorial Cartoons in 2020. In 2018, he received the Rex Babin Memorial Award for local and state cartoons by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Follow JD on FacebookTwitter @Crowejam and Instagram @JDCrowepix.