The NAACP, alongside the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights, is taking legal action against Arkansas over a law called the LEARNS Act. This law aims to stop public schools from teaching about diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as critical race theory, which some people view as “indoctrination.”
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The NAACP, alongside the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights, is taking legal action against Arkansas over a law called the LEARNS Act. This law aims to stop public schools from teaching about diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as critical race theory, which some people view as “indoctrination.”

The NAACP joined a lawsuit against the LEARNS Act, which was first filed by national civil rights lawyer Mike Laux. They want the court to stop the LEARNS Act from being enforced while the lawsuit is ongoing.

This move is part of the NAACP’s efforts to push back against laws that they believe are against diversity, equity, and inclusion across the country.

The lawsuit argues that classes like Advanced Placement African American Studies in Arkansas are not treated fairly compared to other classes. They say this is unfair and keeps students from learning about African American history properly.

“We won’t go backward. The NAACP will keep fighting to protect our rights and culture. This is what standing up for our community means,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson.

The LEARNS Act was signed into law by Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It aims to prevent what it calls “indoctrination” and critical race theory from being taught in public schools.

The lawsuit claims that this law affects teachers and students, especially those in places like Little Rock Central High School, a historically significant school for the civil rights movement. One teacher named Ruthie Walls, who teaches African American studies, feels restricted by the law and worries it will affect her students’ success.

The lawsuit also says that Arkansas has removed resources about civil rights from schools and is promoting a curriculum called “1776 Unites,” which some people think ignores discrimination.

Sanders responded to the lawsuit by saying that Arkansas won’t teach things that make kids hate America. She called the lawsuit a lie and accused the “radical left” of playing political games.

This lawsuit in Arkansas is part of a bigger effort to fight laws that some believe are against diversity, equity, and inclusion. It’s similar to other efforts happening across the country, like in Florida, where laws are being challenged for similar reasons.

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