Critical Race Theory proponents just suffered a defeat at the hands of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR).
Fox News reports that the Senate just passed Cotton’s “Stop CRT” bill.
The measure was put forth as part of the $3.5 trillion budget resolution that passed on Wednesday. The vote in the Senate was 50 to 49, which was enough to see it through.
As the Washington Examiner points out, Cotton’s amendment “is nonbinding and cannot legally be enforced.” But, as Breitbart notes, these “non-binding” budget resolutions “often serve as important rhetorical wins for those who can attach their proposal to the budget, and in this case, force Democrats to take tough votes.”
Cotton introduced this bill back in July. Its purpose is to stop federal funds from going to schools that teach critical race theory to K-12 students.
For those unfamiliar with critical race theory, the Examiner provides an accurate summation.
The outlet writes:
Critical race theory and other closely related ideologies hold that the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites.
Republicans have been leading the way in the fight against the teaching of these kinds of ideas in America’s public schools. And, Cotton’s bill is one of the most notable victories yet.
“Those teachings are wrong”
Cotton, on Tuesday, gave a speech on the Senate floor in support of “Stop CRT.”
“They want to teach our children that America is not a good nation, but a racist nation,” Cotton said. “Those teachings are wrong, and our tax dollars should not support them.”
Cotton continued: “My amendment will ensure that federal funds aren’t used to indoctrinate children as young as pre-K to hate America. Our future depends on the next generation of kids loving America and loving each other as fellow citizens, no matter their race.”
Polls have indicated that the majority of Americans are against the teaching of critical race theory in our schools. The Examiner, for example, reported on a Harvard/Harris poll that found that “61% do not believe students should be taught that America is structurally racist and is dominated by white supremacy.” Thus, this would appear to be a winning issue for Republicans.