Earlier this week, firebrand Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott banned the teaching of Critical Race Theory in public schools.
The legislation does not name “critical race theory” specifically, but lays the groundwork for what can be taught regarding the history of the United States. However, the bill does forbid public school teachers from making contents of the “1619 Project” in any way part of the curriculum.
BREAKING: Texas @GovAbbott has just signed the legislation banning critical race theory indoctrination in public schools. Legislators, led by @Toth_4_Texas, have now protected 29 million Texans from state-sanctioned racism. This is a historic victory. pic.twitter.com/Uyi1zBfwEF
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 16, 2021
The 1619 Project, developed by Far-Left journalists at the New York Times, criticizes the founding of the US, seeking only to view its history through a lens of victimization in regards to slavery. The Project has been debunked on numerous occasions and is often looked at as factually inaccurate.
The law mandates the teaching of various figures, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, the women’s suffrage and equal rights movements, and the civil rights movement.
Several Republican-led states passed laws preventing the teaching of critical race theory, which claims “racism is a normal and ordinary part of our society, not an aberration,”
Other states that have protected children from the Far-Left theory are:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Some states have come close, debated and/or passed partial legislation to ban the theory. Those states are:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Critics of the bans argue that Republicans are using critical race theory as a catch-all term to ban teaching about racism in the United States.
Author: Asa McCue