Governor Desantis Signs Bill to Ban Critical Race Theory in Schools and Work-Place Training

 

On Friday, April 22 Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 7, formally called the “Individual Freedom” measure which bans educators from teaching certain topics related to race.

DeSantis and others have described critical race theory as the notion that race determines one’s standing- either as the oppressor or a victim. Eliminating this from schools can prevent teachers from making students feel guilt or shame about their race because of historical events. 

Although proponents of CTR argue that America’s scarred racial history should be examined in school, Governor DeSantis expressed that schools already provide a comprehensive view of America’s past, including mandatory instruction on slavery, the civil rights movement and the Holocaust. “We teach all of that because it’s real history, it’s important,” he said. “We will not let people distort history to serve their current ideological goals.”

 

What is Critical Race Theory?

Although Critical Race Theory (CRT) is regarded as “anti-racist” civil rights education, it actually can be quite the opposite and encourage discrimination. CRT segregates individuals into two main categories: oppressors or victims. The calculation is usually based solely on skin color, which can have the effect of encouraging our children to be ashamed of their skin color. 

“Americans do not need or want their tax dollars diverted from promoting the principles that unite our nation toward promoting radical ideologies meant to divide us,” McConnell wrote. “Our nation’s youth do not need activist indoctrination that fixates solely on past flaws and splits our nation into divided camps. Taxpayer-supported programs should emphasize the shared civic virtues that bring us together, not push radical agendas that tear us apart.”

 

CRT: A Step in The Wrong Direction

Critical race theory was primarily taught in graduate and law schools to help unravel racial oppression within the courts, academia, culture, medicine and other institutions. In recent years, we have seen a rise in CRT in public schools, corporate workshops, and human resources diversity sessions. 

 

At its root, CRT is an attempt to divide our country even further based on skin color and race.  As the American people continue to take steps to end racism and hatred based on race, critical race theory draws race to light even more. This is not acceptable to be taught to children in the classrooms.

 

This story was updated on April 25, check back for more updates as the story unfolds!

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