Republicans Send Anti-Critical Race Theory Legislation to Cooper's Desk
- Today, in a vote of 60-41, House Bill 324, "Ensuring Dignity/ Nondiscrimination in Public Schools" received final approval in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
- The bill would prohibit public school units from officially promoting certain concepts that are contrary to the equality and rights of all persons, including critical race theory.
- The bill would ban the teaching of 13 discriminatory concepts in the classroom, including:
- That one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.
- An individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive.
- An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex.
- A meritocracy is inherently racist or sexist.
- Particular character traits, values, moral or ethical codes, privileges, or beliefs should be ascribed to a race or sex, or to an individual because of the individual's race or sex.
- House Speaker Tim Moore said, "Our schools should be a place where our children are educated and inspired. However, some have hijacked our classrooms to instill their own hateful, anti-American values in our students, while any opposing viewpoints to this theory from students or other teachers are met with rebuke, even bullying. Our schools should be safe havens of free thought and expression rather than camps for radical indoctrination. Using our classrooms to promote the lie that our children are inherently racist does more to divide than unite. This has no place in North Carolina schools.""
- Lt. Governor Mark Robinson said, "North Carolina needs to take the lead in protecting our children from anti-American indoctrination. While we should know and understand the history of our country, we need to teach the next generation what lessons we learned from our past, how far we have come as a nation. The F.A.C.T.S. Task Force and the Indoctrination in North Carolina Public Education Report produced by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor sheds light on a problem affecting public education in our state. It is time we return to teaching our children how to think, and not what to think."
- Democrats have launched attacks against HB324, saying the bill "limits North Carolina teachers to teach about the atrocities that Native [Americans] suffered."
- Senator Berger's press shop called this allegation "outrageous," and stated, "the bill affirms a teacher's job to discuss "historical oppression of a particular group of people."
- Today, the office of Lt. Governor Mark Robinson sent a letter to Governor Cooper to urge him to sign it into law.