Democrats and their media have been howling that bans on critical race theory in school are bans on teaching history. They’re not.
Take HB 1775 in Oklahoma which never mentions critical race theory, but bans racism in schools.
HB 1775 prohibits educators from teaching the following:
One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex
An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously
An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex
Members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex
An individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex,
An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex
Any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex
Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race
Who could possibly have a problem with that? Racists.
Carlisha Williams-Bradley, who is black, dismissed the debate on critical race theory and said HB 1775 and the accompanying rules propel fear in teaching America’s true and accurate history.
“With this legislation, with these rules, we’re robbing students of the opportunity to have a high-quality education, to think critically about the world around us and to build a more just society,” she said.
No one asks Carlisha to explain how promoting any of the above would lead to a high-quality education or building a more just society.
Indeed the only counterarguments against HB 1775 are racist arguments.
Board member Ruth Veales, who is Black and Native American, said the law aims to quiet conversations on race “in order to protect white fragility.”
“As a district that’s over 80% students of color, this is definitely an insult,” Veales said. “It is a situation that is so egregious to me.”
An insult? Much like using a racial slur like ‘white fragility’?
The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have announced their student diversity trainings can no longer remain mandatory under the new law.
If your diversity training falls afoul of a ban on racism… it’s racist.
Carrie Coppernoll-Jacobs taught a diverse group of students at Putnam City North High School six years ago before becoming a member of the school board.
“The conversations that happened in my classroom would absolutely have been illegal under House Bill 1775,” she said.
Good. The only conversations illegal under HB 1775 are racist conversations.
Board member Meg McElhaney called HB 1775 “nothing short of racism” and said it micromanages schools.
Nothing short of racism is fighting a bill that bans teaching racial superiority and inferiority.
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