APsaA Endorses Joint Statement Opposing Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History


(August 17, 2021)

The American Psychoanalytic Association, along with more nearly 150 other organizations, has signed on to a joint statement in regards to current efforts in state legislatures to restrict the teaching of racism in American History.

It states “firm opposition” to legislation, introduced in at least 20 states, that would restrict the discussion of “divisive concepts” in public education institutions.

Other organizations include the National Education Association, Anti-Defamation League, American Counseling Association and the National Association of Social Workers.

The statement was authored by The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America and the American Historial Association has a full acount of this effort on their website, where you can also download the complete statement.

"APsaA believes in taking a stand against institutional racism and we're proud to be aligned with so many other organizations who want to do the right thing," said APsaA President William Glover, Ph.D.

One nonprofit organization tracking efforts to restrict teaching about racism and bias is Chalkbeat, and they have excellent coverage on their website if you would like to learn more about this issue. Chalkbeat features maps and timelines that help tell the story.