Arizona is the latest state to ban critical race theory, as a nationwide backlash against the racist, anti-American teaching continues.
Republican governor Doug Ducey signed a bill Friday that prohibits the state and local governments from subjecting employees to “training” that “presents any form of blame or judgment on the basis of race.”
Arizona bans CRT in government, public classrooms
This comes after Ducey signed legislation imposing $5,000 in fines on any public school district that indoctrinates its students with CRT. Polls show that a majority of Americans disapprove of CRT, which teaches that America is a fundamentally wicked place and that whites are inherently evil.
House Bill 2906 bars the central CRT dogma that an individual’s race determines whether they belong to a “superior” racial caste or an underclass of “racist,” so-called “oppressors.”
The bill acknowledges that CRT is a form of emotional abuse, declaring that an individual shall not be “invidiously discriminated against” or subjected to “discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress” on the basis of skin color, including by the ascription of racial guilt.
Governor Ducey said that Arizona will not spend the public’s money “on lessons that imply the superiority of any race and hinder free speech.”
Republican backer Jim Hoffman invoked Martin Luther King, Jr, declaring, “Arizona stands with Martin Luther King Jr.’s proclamation that people should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
As backlash grows, Dems lash out with contradictions
National controversy over the ideology has become a prominent front in the culture wars as angry parents have spoken out against schools pushing the toxic ideology on their kids, and Republicans have hammered the issue while enacting bans in some states.
President Trump, who banned critical race theory in the federal government shortly before leaving office (Joe Biden reversed him), has been ramping up calls to ban and replace it with “patriotic education.”
Many on the left claim that CRT is not being taught and that Republicans are stoking a bogus controversy, but at the same time, that Republicans are trying to deprive students of valuable lessons on the history of racism in America by banning it.
More than 5,000 teachers signed a petition vowing to continue teaching CRT despite legal prohibitions, and the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, has said that the union will defend the teaching of “accurate history” in court against Republican “bullies.”