AHA Executive Director Featured in Article on “Divisive Concepts” Legislation (December 2021)

AHA executive director Jim Grossman was featured in an article by Janelle Stecklein published in several local CNHI papers. The article focused on Oklahoma House Bill 2988, which “prohibits teaching slavery in Oklahoma public schools and universities in a way that might lead one to think America is worse than other nations in history or that one race is a unique victim or oppressor.” “It’s very hard for a teacher to teach about slavery without emphasizing that in the United States (or) in the areas that would become the United States, it was generally white people who enslaved Black people,” said Grossman. “That’s a fact, not an interpretation. And if you don’t tell students that fact, they will be ignorant of American history.”