February 15, 2022 News & Press Releases

House Republicans Turn Their Backs On Hard Truths, Vote To Erase The Teaching of Major Historical Events From Virginia Public Schools

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA —Last night House Republicans voted down 10 floor amendments to House Bill 787, Governor Youngkin’s signature “anti-CRT” legislation, that would have protected the teaching of major historical events like the Three-Fifths Compromise, which declared that enslaved Americans would only count as three-fifths of a person, the history of Jim Crow, the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that legally recognized marriage equality, and School Integration. 

Republicans then today passed HB 787 to prevent our students from learning about painful events and truths in and about our nation’s history, showing a blatant disregard for historical accuracy in our public school classrooms. The bill, which is co-sponsored by radical right-wing Republican Amanda Chase, is nothing more than a way to silence the teaching of real history in our classrooms.

“Last night and again today, Republicans showed Virginia what House Bill 787 was meant to be all along — a way for them to whitewash our history and prevent our students from learning the truth about where we’ve been and how that impacts where we are now,” said Gianni Snidle DPVA Spokesperson. “Republicans are systematically attacking and dismantling teachings of Black History and it is shameful and disturbing. And, when they were called upon to show otherwise, they didn’t hide it, instead they doubled down. We can't prevent these types of horrific acts from occurring in the future unless we teach the truth and fight back against any attempts to cover up our history.”

Watch as Republicans vote to erase the teaching of major historical events.