The bill was debated for more than an hour, with several Black legislators asking Republican state Sen. Michael McLendon, who had introduced it, why the legislation was needed.
While McLendon conceded he had not heard from schools in Mississippi that students were being taught that they’re inferior or superior, he said he had introduced the bill because his constituents had raised concerns about certain curricula they had heard were being taught across the country.
“I had so many constituents in my district that were concerned over the teachings that they have heard from around the country, they want to make sure that this was not a problem with Mississippi, so that’s why this bill was brought forward,” 他说.
“So it’s a problem across the country; is it a problem in Mississippi?” asked state Senate Minority Leader Derrick Simmons.
“好, we try to make laws for the future as well as today,” McLendon replied.
民主国家参议员. David Jordan, who said he had worked as a teacher for 33 年份 — 20 of them in integrated schools, told McLendon the bill was not needed.
“This is not needed. It’s a waste of time, your time and mine. I know there are people out there who got fear but as a good senator you can relay to them that there is no basis for it,” 约旦说, who would later give a fiery speech against the bill before walking out.
“It is sad that we have wasted so much time on something that’s not even necessary,” Jordan said during his remarks.
“We cannot continue to stumble into the future backwards. That’s what this bill does. That’s why we don’t need it,” 他加了.