The Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission Asks Governor To Veto New Bill

Monday, May 3rd 2021, 4:47 pm
By: Mallory Thomas, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The director of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission is requesting that Governor Kevin Stitt veto a bill he said will have serious implications on teaching the race massacre.

A recent amendment to House Bill 1775 says it would "prohibit an enrolled student in an institution within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education from being required to engage in any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling, but it allows voluntary counseling."

“I don’t believe that their intent is to erase what happened in the massacre. I feel that because of the way.. again I’m just going back. Because of the way, it’s written this could jeopardize a teacher’s confidence that they can teach this history somewhat uncomfortable and not be worried about a lawsuit," said project director Phil Armstrong.

He said he wants to see the bill re-written. "It's just not well written and that's our thing. There are things that we agree with. For example, it says that there should be no teaching that any sex, or any race, is inherently superior or inferior to the other. We applaud that we stand with you on that. But guess what there is already a state law that addresses that. It's already a law in the state of Oklahoma that addresses that," said Armstrong. 

The Governor's Office has not yet responded to the Commission.

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