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Educators say teaching about systemic racism is key to understanding history

The event at Colonel Summers Park in Southeast Portland on June 12, 2021 was part of a national "Day of Action" to support teaching history and speak out against legislation that limits teaching about racism and related topics.
The event at Colonel Summers Park in Southeast Portland on June 12, 2021 was part of a national "Day of Action" to support teaching history and speak out against legislation that limits teaching about racism and related topics.

Some states are passing laws restricting curriculum related to racism and history. Portland-area teachers rallied last week as part of a Day of Action opposing those bans and in support of educators around the country who are coming up against opposition for their work teaching history. They say you cannot learn history or current events without understanding the role that racism plays in our culture. We talk with two of those teachers: David Scholten, a fifth-grade teacher at Abernathy Elementary school and Suzanna Kassouf, a 9th-grade social studies teacher at Grant High School.

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