For the first time, House Republicans have included in their annual budget proposal a ban on federal money being used to promote critical race theory (CRT) in schools and the military.
An outgrowth of Marxism, CRT interprets society through a Marxist dichotomy of “oppressor” and “oppressed,” but replaces the class categories with racial groups. Proponents of CRT see racism in all aspects of American life and demand the implementation of “anti-racist” policies, such as race-based redistribution of wealth and power along perceived lines of “racial inequity.”
“Proponents of CRT ludicrously argue our nation’s founding ideals are a smokescreen for oppression and white supremacy,” the Republicans wrote. “They assert the only solution is to throw away those ideals and divide Americans by race in all aspects of life.
“Sadly, CRT has spread across American society and made its way into our schools, government agencies, and even our military,” they said, pointing to a number of “disturbing examples” of CRT infiltrating the U.S. armed forces.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who heads the RSC, was among the Republicans who spoke against the Navy’s book choice. The naval officer-turned-congressman denounced them as “anti-American” for portraying the country and the constitution that all sailors pledge to defend as something inherently racist and oppressive.
The RSC budget endorses several Republican-backed proposals aimed to tackle CRT. The bills include Rep. Chip Roy’s (R-Texas) Combating Racist Teaching in Schools Act, which would prohibit federal funds from going to any school or college that promotes “race-based ideologies”; Rep. Dan Bishop’s (R-N.C.) Combating Racist Training in the Military Act, which would ban teaching CRT in military academies; and Rep. Burgess Owens’s (R-Utah) H.R. 3235, which would revive a Trump-era ban on CRT training for federal employees.
In addition, the RSC budget would ban federal dollars from going to “any attempt by the State Department to promote anti-American ideas such as CRT” or to allow the United Nations to audit the U.S. human rights record.