What would this language do?
- The "divisive concepts" language in the proposed state budget would censor schools, universities, state workplaces, and law enforcement from learning about discrimination and systemic racism, including critical implicit bias training taken by law enforcement.
Governor Sununu recently said that this language would strengthen the state's anti-discrimination laws. But the opposite is true: this language minimizes discrimination that communities of color face in New Hampshire. Our state should be fostering conversations to address these very real, systemic issues -- not halting them entirely.
Where did it come from?
- Originally, this language was nearly identical to an executive order issued by former president Donald Trump. Though the language itself has been amended, the goal is the same: to silence conversations on systemic racism, implicit bias, sexism, and more. A number of states across the country are battling similar pieces of legislation.
Where does it go from here?
- The legislation is in the process of being finalized. Once finalized, it will make its way to Governor Sununu's desk for his signature or veto.
How do I take action?
- Call Governor Sununu and tell him to oppose this provision in the state budget. You can leave a voicemail if it is after 5pm! Call him at 603-271-2121 or visit here to get directly connected: aclu-nh.org/budget2021.