Critical Race theory bill - debunking some myths

By Mississippi Center for Public Policy
March 7, 2022

Would you be happy to see your tax dollars used to force students in Mississippi to affirm that some sexes or races and ethnicities were inherently superior to others?  Of course not.

Since when did it become controversial to want to prevent young Mississippian being indoctrinated into believing in such things?  

Several decades ago, Dr Martin Luther King dreamt of an America in which people were judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin.  Today in Mississippi an extremist ideology, critical race theory, is being promoted which undermines Dr King’s ideal.

Critical race theory maintains that the United States is founded on racial supremacy and oppression.  Rather than treating each of us as an individual, it invites us to re-racialize every aspect of our lives.  

Rather like Marxism, which divided society between the bourgeoisie oppressors and the proletariat oppressed, critical race theory divides society between identity categories of white and black. 

“But there’s no evidence that these ideas are being promoted in our state!” some insist.  Wrong. 

In a detailed report we published in October, and sent to every member of the state legislature, we presented clear evidence that critical race theory is being promoted here in Mississippi.  The Mississippi Department of Education promotes the use, by teachers, of teaching resources provided by organizations that promote critical race theory.  There are a myriad of college courses that promote critical race theory, too.

Evidence of critical race theory being promoted in our state can be found on pages 6 to 13 of our report.

Having established the critical race theory is being promoted, our report presented a solution, including draft model legislation.  Contrary to what some have claimed, the legislation we proposed does not violate free speech.  Nor does it undermine the teaching of the history of the Civil Rights movement.  

Our bill seeks to ensure that public schools and universities do not “compel students to personally affirm” that “any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior”.

Those that oppose this bill need to explain what part of that they find objectionable?  Do opponents of the bill really want to allow teachers to compel students to believe in the inherent superiority of fellow Americans?  

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