‘Closer Look’ guests discuss teaching about race and racism in schools

From top left to right: Professors Illya Davis, Nsenga Burton, Maurice Hobson, and Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, join “Closer Look” to discuss how race-related topics should be taught in schools. (Photos courtesy of the guests)

Georgia lawmakers recently passed House Bill 1084, which bans the teaching of nine divisive concepts from being taught in schools and allows the Georgia High School Association to decide if transgender girls should be allowed to compete with all girls’ teams.

On Thursday’s special edition of “Closer Look,” program host Rose Scott talks with several guests about how topics related to race and racism are taught in K-12 and higher education.

The guests also discuss the current wave of state legislation and policies that restrict teaching about race and racism.

We first hear from professors  Illya Davis, Maurice Hobson, and Nsenga Burton about the importance of having a balanced and inclusive curriculum and the importance of parents teaching their kids about love, fairness and empathy at an early age.

Then, Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, then talks with Rose about The 1619 Project and the academic concept CRT (critical race theory).