Resistance begins: State bans Marxist critical race theory in public schools
Counters Biden effort to 'indoctrinate' students in radical ideology
by Art Moore, April 27, 2021
The Idaho State Legislature has become the first in the nation to put a bill on a governor's desk that would ban Marxist-based critical race theory from being taught in public schools.
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Texas and West Virginia are among other states considering bans on such teaching, which regards America and Western Civilization as inherently racist.
On Monday, the Idaho state Senate passed the bill 28-7 after the House approved it 57-12. Both votes went along party lines, with the exception of Republican Sen. Dan Johnson joining Democrats in opposition. It now goes to Republican Governor Brad Little.
On Monday, an estimated 100 students protested outside statehouse against the bill, which Republican lawmakers say is a safeguard against "indoctrination" of students.
Critical race theory is a postmodern theoretical framework rooted in Marxist principles that views individuals through the lens of the oppressed or the oppressor, based largely on their skin color.
The legislation's sponsor, Republican Sen. Carl Crabtree, said the "bill does not intend to prohibit discussion in an open and free way," Idaho News reported.
"It is a preventative measure. It does not indicate that we have a rampant problem in Idaho. But we don't want to get one," he said.
Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking said the idea that schools are "brainwashing" children with "a liberal leftist indoctrination" is not true, the Idaho Press reported.
"Our universities and school districts districts already have procedures in place that will deal with any problem we have in curriculum," she said.
Democrats contend the bill violates First Amendment rights.
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The bill bars teachers from forcing students into belief systems that claim a group of people as defined by sex, race, ethnicity or religion are inferior or superior to others.
Educators also cannot make students "affirm, adopt or adhere to" belief systems claiming they responsible for past actions done by people of their race or origin.
The teaching of critical race theory has gained momentum nationally in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody. However, the chief prosecutor in the trial of Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, Keith Ellison, said Sunday there was no evidence that race was a factor in the 46-year-old black man's death.
The Biden administration has proposed taxpayer money for critical race theory teaching in schools. In January, the president signed an executive order called the Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities to address "systemic racism" and "affirmatively" promote equity and racial justice in the federal government. And last week, his administration propose two new funding priorities to "incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse perspectives" in school curricula.
Last September, President Trump issued an executive order banning the teaching of the "malign ideology" to federal employees and federal contractors. A federal judge blocked Trump's ban in December and Biden revoked it in January.
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