Critical race theory will not be part of the curriculum for Oklahoma students, following a new bill signed Friday by Republican Governor Kevin Stitt.
“Now more than ever, we need policies that bring us together, not separate us,” Stitt said in a video statement on Twitter. “And as governor, I firmly believe that not a single cent of taxpayer money should be used to identify and divide Oklahoman children about their race or gender. That’s what this bill advocates for public education. “
House Bill 1775 is designed to block the teaching of critical theory of race by prohibiting anyone from teaching that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex” and that “an individual, according to his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether intentionally or unconsciously. “
The bill states that students will not be taught that “an individual must recognize or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or gender.”
Historically, the bill prohibits any teaching that claims that “an individual, according to his or her race or gender, is responsible for actions committed by other members of the same race or gender.”
The bill also states that, “No enrolled student of an institution of higher education within The State System of Higher Education is required to engage in any type of compulsory training or gender training or diversity; provided, voluntary counseling should not be prohibited. Any orientation or requirement that reflects any form of race or sex stereotyping or a bias based on race or gender is prohibited. “
Republican Kevin West expressed his support for the bill.
“This bill says we’re not going to teach people because of their race or their gender that they’re inherently bad for something they have nothing to do with,” he said, according to KOCO-TV.
“People who push ideas like critical race theory, have to have conflict – class conflict, race conflict or some other conflict,” West added, explaining that the theory is based on the ideology of Marxist, according to The Claremore Daily Progress.
“They need to have an enemy they can point to. It’s up to us to stop this because we are all one race – the human race.”
“Let’s shed light on the critical theory of race to show it what it is – a complete deception that will completely destroy our country,” West said. “In this time of cultural cancellation and sign of goodness, we must have courage.”
Many opposed the bill and its reasoning, suggesting that the law was started because of racism.
do not understand the history that took place in the United States. Our history as a nation and as a state, if said accurately, is uncomfortable and should be heartbreaking for Americans like me, white.
– Paula Lewis (@plewisokc) May 4, 2021
– Pastors for Oklahoma Kids (@ pastors4OKkids) May 6, 2021
“It’s more than division,” Alicia Andrews, the chairwoman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said, according to US News and World Report. “It’s exclusive and acts to erase the existence of segments of our population.”
My statement in HB 1775. pic.twitter.com/2EgMh7A7xZ
– Gov. Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) May 7, 2021
“At a time when we’re already highly polarized, we can’t go back to the 100-year-old thinking that someone is insignificant or inherently racist by the color of their skin,” Stitt said.
“I will not stand for publicly funded K through 12 schools that train influential minds to define themselves by their gender or their race,” he said.
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.
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