Legislation Passes The House In Tennessee Effectively Prohibiting Critical Race Theory From Public Curriculum

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The state of Tennessee voted to ban critical race theory from school curriculums, according to The Daily Wire.

“Voters across the country are revolting against public school systems that have abandoned education in favor of political indoctrination.”

“Tennessee legislators have a moral obligation to make sure that public schools reflect the values of the public — and Tennesseeans of all racial backgrounds reject the toxic and divisive principles of race essentialism, collective guilt, and neo-segregation.”

“Students are being taught that because they’re a certain race or sex, they’re inherently superior to others or should feel guilty for something that happened in the past.”

“We’re trying to set boundaries that we as a state say will not be crossed when we’re teaching these kinds of subjects.”

“The legislation, which moves to the Senate, would prohibit schools from promoting race essentialism, collective guilt, and state-sanctioned racism.”

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The bill prohibits K-12 institutions from stoking racial divides by forcing certain children to view themselves as “oppressors” while others are viewed as “oppressed” merely because of their skin color.

Teachers can no longer tell an individual “by virtue of the individual’s race or sex” that they are “inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive.” Students can no longer be taught that “an individual’s moral character is determined by the individual’s race or sex,” or that “an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.”

Under this legislation, teachers also cannot tell their students that the state of Tennessee or the United States are “fundamentally or irredeemably racist or sexist.”

Rufo told The Daily Wire that this bill reflects the overwhelming rejection of “toxic and divisive principles,” such as critical race theory, being taught to children.

The Tennessee bill was proposed by state Rep. John Ragan. Ragan received an email from a constituent about a 7-year-old white student who was described as “depressed and suicidal” after a discussion about her “white privilege” in her public school. The student allegedly told her mother, “I’m ashamed that I’m white.”

Similar bills have passed in Idaho, Utah, and Arkansas. Red states such as Oklahoma and Texas have bills banning critical race theory in process.

The Associated Press reported that the GOP-controlled House in Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly for a bill that will prohibit teaching critical race theory.