House Democrats on Tuesday, July 27, killed a bill introduced by Republican Representative Burgess Owens. The bill, if passed, would have prevented taxpayer funds from being used to finance any initiative that seeks to educate people based on racial distinctions and/or declare the United States to be an essentially racist country. Among the initiatives that would have gone unfunded was the controversial Critical Race Theory (CRT).
The bill, known as the Say No to Indoctrination Act, would have prevented the federal government from funding CRT and other such initiatives in U.S. schools and the U.S. military. However, House Democrats rejected this bill and blocked its consideration by a vote of 217-201.
Democrats voted against the bill despite recent polls indicating that most Americans reject such teachings, which many see as serious left-wing indoctrination.
A study published by the opinion consulting firm YouGov, sponsored by The Economist, claims that the Democratic Party has overplayed its hand on this profoundly controversial issue. In this regard, the study reports that 58% of Americans have an unfavorable view of critical race theory, while only 38% have a favorable outlook.
Among Republicans, these values increase considerably. An overwhelming 85% of respondents have a very unfavorable view of critical race theory, and another 6% reported having a somewhat negative view.
Independents also spoke out against CRT, with 71% of respondents indicating disapproval.
These values can also be seen reflected in the parents’ groups that throughout the country are organizing to prevent the penetration of this type of ideology, which they believe is part of a classist indoctrination, based on leftist theories based on the dialectic of oppressors and oppressed, but without scientific support.
These groups that reject the imposition of theories such as CRT do not only belong to conservative and religious sectors, but more and more independent sectors and even democrats reject these ideas, as Político recently reported in an opinion analysis on this issue.
During Tuesday’s proceedings in the House of Representatives, several Republican members spoke on behalf of most Americans who oppose CRT.
Among them, Burgess Owens (R-Ohio) commented, “In the span of a few weeks, Democrats have gone from claiming that CRT was only a myth to boldly embracing it. They’ve gone from dismissing parental objections to endorsing indoctrination in schools across the country.”
Later in the same session, Republican Rep. Dan Bishop also condemned the theory as “Neo-Marxian” and noted it “seems to be everywhere: in media, in the workplace, in our armed services, in health care, in churches, and yes, in classrooms where our schoolchildren are taught.”
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) also criticized CRT as “un-American.” She highlighted its racially divisive nature, asserting that it “assumes that to be born white is to be born guilty and is to be racist, and to be born black is to be born oppressed or to be born a victim.”
But the Republicans’ words were not enough, and the legislation was ultimately vetoed by the Democrats.