Critical race theory is an academic movement of civil rights activists who seek to critically examine the law on issues of race. The advocates of critical race theory believe social problems are influenced and created by society and culture because racism is inherent in skin color. Critics of critical race theory say critical race theory elevates storytelling over absolute truth, revises history and automatically assumes white supremacy by whites. Critical race theory dates back to the 1970s when law school professors, activists and attorneys examined why civil rights victories had stalled and in their estimation were eroding. The ‘hate crime’ legislation that has made its way into law was birthed in the critical race theory movement.

HB 1775, authored by Rep. Kevin West, (R-Moore) and Sen. David Bullard, (R-Durant) prohibits Oklahoma public schools, colleges and universities from incorporating certain messages about sex and race into any course instruction. The bill would also prohibit requiring mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling in the schools. HB 1775 passed the House 70-19 and the Senate 38-9. It is now on the governor’s desk.

On Sunday, the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission requested Gov.Kevin Stitt veto HB 1775. “If this bill becomes law it will have serious implications on teaching the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in schools, as well as much of the history of the U.S. which is rife with racism, sexism and discomfort,” said Phil Armstrong, project director for the Commission. Two observations:

First, racism is not an inherited trait. There is no evidence there is a racism gene. Every person is born with an inherit sin nature. They got it from their father, who got it from his father, all the way back to Adam. That depravity/wickedness/sin can manifest itself in racism, but not every white person is a racist simply because they are white. To condemn every person as racist because of the color of their skin is the height of racism.

Second, HB 1775 does not stop the teaching of history. Armstrong is being intellectually dishonest with that statement. The language in HB 1775 doesn’t state or even infer that incidents of race riots and violence be ignored. The bill specifically states that no teacher, administrator or other employee of a school district, charter school or virtual charter school shall require or make part of a course the following concepts: (a) one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex, (2) an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, (3) an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex.

“This bill will in no way stop the teaching of history or anything currently in our Oklahoma education standards, including curriculum that shows historical examples of racism or genocide. This bill simply says that teachers can’t force a student to answer that they are inherently racist or sexist or that they must feel personally responsible for things perpetrated in the past by people of a similar race or gender,” Rep. West said.

HB 1775, if signed by the governor, would go into effect immediately and would require the state Regents and the state Board of Education to implement the changes in the bill.

Contact the governor’s office and encourage him to sign HB 1775. Children should be taught critical thinking skills. CRT is passive thinking and rooted in Marxism. Oklahoma students shouldn’t be subjected to it.

Steve Fair is Chairman of the 4th district of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He can be reached by email at okgop@aol.com. His blog is stevefair.blogspot.com.

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