Concord, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) and Deputy Majority Leader Jim Kofalt (R- Wilton) released the following statement after the hearing of HB61, relative to teaching on discrimination in the public schools and discrimination in public workplaces.
“It’s appalling to see that Democrats in our state are attempting to repeal our anti-discrimination statute. At today’s hearing, supporters of the HB61 repeal repeatedly called for mutual respect, fairness, and a society that is fully open to participation by everyone. We agree 100%. Unfortunately, repealing our anti-discrimination law would have precisely the opposite effect. ”
“The testimonies we heard today were pure myths and scare tactics. The current law does nothing to prohibit the teaching of racism and its effects throughout history. Despite what you heard, the current law does not mention critical race theory. What it does prohibit is teaching children that some of them are inherently racist based on their skin color, sex, race, creed, etc. Is that not what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called for when he said, ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character?’”
“What we heard today is that the current law is vague and unclear. There is nothing vague or unclear about prohibiting discrimination. Luckily for those who do not know how to teach without discrimination, the Department of Education has provided further clarification on that law that is easily accessible on their website.”
“Our goal should be unity, and we will never get there if the state is indoctrinating our citizens to presume specific people are born to be oppressors. No one is inherently superior or inferior to anyone else. This is about individuals, not a group of people.”