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"Divisive concepts" law to see court challenge

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks at a news conference about banning federal funding for the teaching of critical race theory.
Michael Brochstein
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Sipa USA via Reuters Connect
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks at a news conference about banning federal funding for the teaching of critical race theory.

Several education and civil rights groups say they will sue to overturn Georgia’s law banning the teaching of certain racial concepts, claiming it violates First Amendment rights to free expression and 14th Amendment rights to equal protection.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Education Association and the Georgia Association of Educators sent a notice to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr notifying Carr of their intent to sue in federal court.

House Bill 1084 became law earlier this year and banned divisive concepts including claims that the U.S. is “fundamentally racist,” that any people are “inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” and that no one “should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of his or her race.”

Bills using identical language have been proposed in dozens of states — backed by the Center for Renewing America, a conservative think tank.

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