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Ridiculous! MO Legislative Cmte Race/Racism Curriculum Hearing Lacks Testimony From A Black Person

A Missouri legislative committee had the audacity to hold a hearing on race and racism curriculum…without a single testimony from a Black person!

Many white parents, teachers, and scholars testified at the invite-only Joint Committee on Education hearing– most of them criticizing critical race theory.

The committee leader, GOP Senator Cindy O’Laughlin, says the purpose of the hearing was to "highlight voices of parents against critical race theory that claims school officials have ignored their complaints."

Rep. O’Laughlin also says she invited an associate professor of teaching specializing in Black history, but he declined to testify.

It is not clear if that professor was Black.

The Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel says it was "ridiculous" to have a conversation about inequity while "excluding the very people who are saying we’ve been treated inequitably."

Chapel spoke with Roland Martin about the insane attempt by a Missouri legislative committee to silence voices in the community and attack critical race theory despite it not being taught in the state’s schools.

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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.