Ohio Board Of Education Prohibited Freedom Of Speech On The 1619 Project, Suit Alleges

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An Ohio man and founder of EmpowerUOhio, a free university, filed a lawsuit against the Ohio State Board of Education alleging that they had banned citizens from being able to voice criticism about The 1619 Project.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, Daniel Regenold states that by refusing to allow citizens to voice their concerns about the 1619 Project, the board of education had infringed upon people’s 1st and 4th amendment rights, The Daily Wire reported.

The board adopted a resolution called, “Resolution to Condemn Racism and to Advance Equity and Opportunity of Black Students and Students of Color,” on July 14, 2020. The resolution promoted “Marxist ideologies of critical race theory,” as well as “the false proposition of systemic racism.”

Critical Race Theory (CRT) views America as a fundamentally racist endeavor and teaches children to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.

While several people spoke up during meetings held on Sept. 22, Oct. 13, and Nov. 10 concerning the resolution, following the Nov. 10 meeting Laura Kohler, president of the Ohio State Board of Education, decided to not allow “any member of the general public,” to provide comment or testimony regarding the adoption of the resolution.

This decision was made even though there wasn’t an official “vote on it,” the lawsuit states.

Additionally, the suit states that the Ohio Department of Education had posted on its website support for the 1619 Project, which aims to revise American history and “falsely seeks to redefine and vilify the United States and its founding principles.” (RELATED: University Paid Author Of Debunked 1619 Project $25,000 For Virtual Speaking Event)

In November 2019, several historians criticized the New York Times “1619 Project” as “wrong in so many ways.”

In March, parents from a private school in Ohio slammed the school’s administration and requested that they do something about cancel culture and a progressive agenda that had infiltrated their school.

Regenold wrote Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine a letter in March criticizing the Ohio State Board of Education for being so consumed with “identity politics,” and “indoctrination training,” for the teachers.