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Latino Daily News

Wednesday December 22, 2010

LULAC, NAACP File Discrimination Complaint Against Texas Curriculum

In federal court, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is alleging that social studies classes in Texas discriminate against African-Americans and other minorities.

In Austin, at the Texas State Conference of the NAACP and Texas League of United Latin (Texas LULAC) American Citizens claim this year’s social studies curriculum minimizes the violence of the KKK, but keeps the violence of the Black Panthers gruesome.

The two groups are requesting that the Civil Rights Office of the U.S. Department of Education reassess Texas’ standards for the classes considering $5 billion a year of federal money pays for the state’s public education. The complaint also asks that the federal government investigate the “miseducation” of minority students in the state.

“It is our contention that the State Board of Education curriculum changes were made with the intention to discriminate,” said the complaint filed by Texas’ LULAC state director Joey Cardenas Jr. and president of Texas State Conference of the NAACP, Gary Bledsoe.

Sociology professor Joe Feagin from Texas A&M wrote, “The decision to accent in the curriculum standards positive aspects of slavery and of slaveholding leaders of the secessionist Confederacy like the treasonous Jefferson Davis will likely have a negative impact on all children who are taught this distorted and biased approach to one of the more brutal forms of oppression devised by mankind.”