A Louisiana lawmaker argued against a bill requiring public school students to recite excerpts from the Declaration of Independence because ‘only Caucasians were free’ at the time it was penned.
While the Declaration of Independence states ‘all men are created equal’, it took nearly a century later before the 15th amendment allowed men regardless of ‘race, color, or previous condition of servitude’ to vote.
Barbara Norton said it was ‘unfair’ to require children to recite the founding document, given it was written when slavery was still widespread.
Republican representative Valarie Hodges shelved the bill, which required public school students in grades four, five and six to recite a passage every day.
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