The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted to ban public schools and universities from teaching critical race theory in civics and history classes.
It would prevent a number of topics, including that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another,” and that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive,” from being taught in the state.
The sponsor of the bill, Republican state Rep. Kevin West said in a statement that students are being taught that because they’re a certain race or sex, they’re “inherently superior to others or should feel guilty for something that happened in the past.”
“We’re trying to set boundaries that we as a state say will not be crossed when we’re teaching these kinds of subjects,” West said.
Democrats argued that the bill was a waste of time and addressed a problem that doesn't exist.
“Instead of focusing on the real issues facing Oklahomans, the majority party continues their attack on anyone in Oklahoma who might not look, think, love, or act like them,” said state House Minority Leader Rep. Emily Virgin, a Democrat from Norman.
Like Marxism, it advocates for the destruction of institutions, such as the Western justice system, free-market economy, and orthodox religions, while demanding that they be replaced with institutions compliant with the critical race theory ideology.
Biden instead issued an executive order stating that the federal government must pursue “a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all.”
“There’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory,” he said, announcing that the state’s new civic curriculum will explicitly exclude critical race theory. “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”
Elsewhere, Republican lawmakers in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, and West Virginia have said that they aim to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools, workplaces, and government agencies.
Gov. Stitt’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times.