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AZ House passes bill to ban racial discrimination, limit affirmative action

A proposed ballot measure to outlaw racial discrimination was passed in the House government-elections committee last Wednesday. The resolution “Stop Critical Race Theory” would ban both racial discrimination in public institutions and preferential treatment under affirmative action.

“In the view of ‘not the color of your skin but the content of your character,’ being able to look at history with an open mind, learn those lessons from history, the good and the bad. This is just supporting the whole concept against racism,” Rep. Frank Carroll of Sun City West said in support of the bill.

Opponents argue that the law would make teaching an accurate account of U.S. history harder.

Athena Ankrah is an assistant producer for KJZZ's The Show.Ankrah graduated from Arizona State University in 2023 with a bachelor’s in journalism and a second degree in Chicano media and expressive culture.