Conservative Parents Group Files Complaint Under Tennessee’s Anti-Critical Race Theory Law Targeting Book About Martin Luther King Jr

The first complaint filed under Tennessee’s new anti-critical race theory law specifically targeted a book about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, calling it “anti-American.”

The 11-page complaint — filed by the Williamson County branch of conservative parents group “Moms for Liberty” — alleged that the book “Martin Luther King Jr and the March on Washington” was among a set of lessons promoting “Anti-American, Anti-White, and Anti-Mexican” teaching at Williamson County Schools, a district south of Nashville.

The conservative group specifically protested a photo of segregated water fountains and images showing Black children being blasted with water by firefighters. The group claimed that an accompanying lesson plan showed a “slanted obsession with historical mistakes” and argued it shouldn’t be taught.

The complaint also targeted of two books about Ruby Bridges, the first Black student to attend an all-white school in Louisiana in 1960, and “Separate is Never Equal,” a story about segregation before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.

The parents group claimed that the books and teacher manuals “implies to second-grade children that people of color continue to be oppressed by an oppressive ‘angry, vicious, scary, mean, loud, violent, [rude], and [hateful]’ white population.”

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SOURCE: Insider, Jake Epstein