Unpacking critical race theory and how new bill impacts the Mississippi education system – WCBI – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill March 14th requiring educators not to teach students that one race is superior to another, otherwise known as the anti-critical race theory bill.

Mississippi is one of at least 35 states that have either passed or discussed legislation on how schools can talk about issues of race.

“My grandfather was born in Alligator, Mississippi on a plantation,” says Columbus School District Superintendent Dr. Cherie Labat. That’s not a theory. That’s a fact.”

Dr. Labat says both her father and grandfather were sharecroppers and says she is proud of her family’s history and the hard work that helped shape her as a person.

“I don’t think any part of my history was made to make anybody feel bad,”


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