Critical Race Theory is a controversial philosophy – a progressive idea that proponents say can increase racial equity and which critics describe as Marxist, anti-American, and neo-racist. It’s either “a way of understanding how American racism has shaped public policy, or a divisive discourse that pits people of color against white people,” as a recent article in Education Week put it.
“CRT seeks to diminish the reality that we are all unique and precious in God’s eyes,” Melody Clarke of Heritage Action for America told Fox News Friday. “Our individual destiny is up to our God-given talent, drive, and ambition, not what someone else thinks about us.” Nearly half of all states in the U.S. are taking measures to ban it from their public schools.
Critical Race Theory: These states are already cracking down on the controversial concept
The following states have already approved bans on forcing teachers to give lessons on Critical Race Theory, in alphabetical order:
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Senate Bill 627 on May 3. The bill is titled, An Act to Prohibit the Propagation of Divisive Concepts: To Review State Entity Training Materials; And for Other Purposes. The bill’s definition of divisive concepts includes the ideas that Arkansas or the U.S. are “fundamentally racist or sexist” and that individuals are inherently racist or oppressive, “whether consciously or unconsciously.”
In early June, the Sunshine State’s Board of Education banned CRT from public school classrooms in a unanimous vote and grouped it in with the New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project and Holocaust denialism.
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