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Arkansas Bans Critical Race Theory, Divisive Concepts

Arkansas Bans Critical Race Theory, Divisive Concepts

Arkansas lawmakers this month approved a bill that prohibits state agencies from teaching employees and contractors “divisive concepts,” including critical race theory (CRT). 

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) allowed the bill to become law without his signature. He said it “does not address any problem that exists and the paperwork and manpower requirements are unnecessary.”

The law is among several Republican lawmakers are promoting in response to the Democratic Party’s ongoing effort to replace traditional teachings with ideas that promote divisiveness. 

Foremost among these is critical race theory, which promotes the misconception that the United States is inherently racist and sexist.

CRT defines race not as a biological trait but as a social construct to oppress and exploit people of color. It also argues that laws and legal institutions in the United States maintain racial inequalities. 

Such ideas have permeated the highest levels of education. Federal officials are currently reviewing a proposal to allocate more than $5 million in grants towards “projects that incorporate culturally and linguistically responsive learning environments.”

In other words, schools that portray the United States as systemically racist will earn money from the government.

GOP opponents, including Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), wrote to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona earlier this month to express frustration with the proposal: “Families did not ask for this divisive nonsense. Voters did not vote for it…Americans never decided our children should be taught that our country is inherently evil.”

In fact, former President Donald Trump banned critical race theory in federal workplaces in September 2020, describing such teachings as “un-American.”

The Biden Administration reversed this policy, which has also directed the Department of Education to incorporate ideas from the alternative history 1619 Project (read more on that here). 

Arkansas’ newest law takes effect next year and does not affect public schools, universities, local governments, or law enforcement training.

Sources:

Governor of Arkansas allows bill targeting critical race theory in state agencies to become law 

Arkansas governor OKs limits on agencies’ race, sex training 

Arkansas Governor Allows Bill That Bans Agencies From Training Employees Critical Race Theory 

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  1. Ben

    Y’all are missing a golden opportunity for a bipartisan subject! Larry wants everyone to know that Democrats are historically racists. Democrats want everyone to know that America was founded on racist principles.
    It’s time American children learn of the atrocities perpetrated on African Americans by the Democrats. Let’s teach our children and while we are at it, let’s cleanse our public square of statues and monuments celebrating these racist democratic traitors. And then we can erect statues to celebrate the Republican heroes that sacrificed so much to defeat the evil racist democrats!
    This liberal progressive is on board with Larry!

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    • Tom

      Ben, it always warms my heart when you and Larry do the love thing!! Glad you are on the good ship Horist. Please make sure he gives you equal accomodations, cabin size, food, beverage, and entertainment all should be equal, non-gender, and no color!

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  2. Ben

    Tom, that sounds like socialism! Larry is very much against that. But he is very much for justice system reform and teaching today’s children of the evils of racism perpetrated by the Democrats.

    You know how your parents referred to every gaming system as “the Nintendo’s “?
    It’s the same thing conservatives do with anything left of hunting the poor for sport.

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  3. Ben

    The ultimate in snowflakery…
    “ But teaching CRT will make white kids uncomfortable”

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