GOP lawmakers in New Hampshire recently joined Republican leaders elsewhere across the country in opposing public school lessons rooted in critical race theory.
The decision has not gone over well with many leftist proponents of the controversial curriculum, however, and roughly half of the state’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion announced that they would be stepping down as a result.
“To advance diversity and inclusion”
According to the Daily Caller, the news came in a public letter addressed to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.
In addition to the new rule banning critical race theory, the resigning council members also took issue with comments the governor has made regarding systemic racism.
“We feel obligated to inform you that — contrary to your recent public statements — systemic racism does in fact exist here in New Hampshire,” the letter declared.
The 10 members who signed the letter went on to cite Sununu’s “stated desire to advance diversity and inclusion” as a reason for their decision to accept the appointment but claimed that the budget he recently approved signaled different priorities.
Specifically, his critics point to the provision that prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to advance a number of ideas related to race-based topics.
“We are no longer able to serve”
“Given your willingness to sign this damaging provision and make it law, we are no longer able to serve as your advisers,” they wrote.
The polarizing prohibitions include lessons that teach “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex” or that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”
Furthermore, the budget strips funding for any curriculum maintaining that “an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex.”
While the advisory council members responsible for the letter echoed other critics with harsh words for the legislation, a number of prominent conservatives herald it as a welcome development.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for example, wrote a recent op-ed touting the progress America has made in pursuit of the dream expressed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., adding: “Unfortunately, there is a new and angry movement in America that rejects this vision. They are trying to take us backwards to a place of tribalism, division and resentment.”