Greg Abbott Joins Probe to Investigate Books About Racism

In Summary

Gov. Abbott is now a part of a campaign that will investigate books that cover racism.  

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has united with a conservative Republican campaign where he will investigate books that deal with race, gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools.  

According to AP News, there is a list of over 800 books that were sent by state Rep. Matt Krause, chair of the House General Investigating Committee, to locate the books on their campuses. Numerous books were written by women, people of color and LGBTQ writers, covering topics such as teen pregnancy and abortion. 

The investigation stemmed from Abbott’s signing of a law that limits how race and racism is taught in schools earlier this year. Critical race theory is an academic way of studying U.S. policies and explores how race and racism have shaped American law and society, as reported by Reuters Legal News. In a letter, Abbott notified the head of the Texas Association of School Boards that parents are concerned students are being exposed to “pornography or other inappropriate content.” 

 “A growing number of parents of Texas students are increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content found in public school libraries that are extremely inappropriate in the public education system,” Abbott wrote to association Executive Director Dan Troxell. “The most flagrant examples include clearly pornographic images and substance that have no place in the Texas education system.”  

Most districts leave the supervision of library materials to individual district administrations and staff, according to a statement from the school board association.  

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