The Columbus library system started holding monthly events in 2021 where community leaders discussed books, articles and movies about race, racism and social justice.
“It’s a good way for the community to get insight into issues,” said Anthony Wilson, the library’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. And the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
“I’ve read through it a couple of times, and I can see a lot of challenges for library systems,” Wilson said. “It could impact what materials we carry and for sure what programs we do.”
Not just an education bill
Ohioans who support and oppose HB 327 have mostly testified about its impacts on K-12 education.
They say rules for discussing divisive concepts such as racism and slavery would either protect “accurate” and “unbiased” teachings of American history or “whitewash” those narratives with its vague definitions and harsh penalties. Teachers who violated the law could lose their licenses.
The penalties for other public employe
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