On Friday, May 7, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed bill HB 1775 into law that prevents the teaching of “critical race theory” from schools and universities. The law goes into effect immediately.
According to New York Post, most Americans have never heard of critical race theory, and a little bit of Marxism is needed to understand this theory.
The Marxist left’s political agenda was initially based on the theory of class conflict. The imbalance of power between capitalists and workers, according to Karl Marx, was the primary characteristic of industrial societies. Marx believes that the only way to correct this imbalance was for workers to become aware of their situation, seize the means of production, overthrow the capitalist class, and usher in a new socialist society.
Several governments underwent Marxist-style revolutions throughout the twentieth century, all of which ended in tragedy.
Marxist intellectuals in the West began to accept these shortcomings of Marxism by the mid-1960s.
Instead of abandoning their theoretical mission, Marxist intellectuals in the West simply adapted their revolutionary theory to the 1960s social and racial turmoil. They abandoned Marx’s economic dialectic of capitalists and workers in favor of a progressive alliance of the dispossessed centered on racial and ethnic categories, substituting race for class.
Accordingly, “critical race theory” was born.
In a video statement posted on Twitter, Stitt clarified why he signed HB 1775, which prohibits teaching the scholarly theory that racism is rooted in the culture of the United States and still influences laws in place today.
My statement on HB 1775. pic.twitter.com/2EgMh7A7xZ
— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) May 7, 2021
“Now more than ever, we need policies that bring us closer together—not rip us apart. As governor, I firmly believe that not one cent of taxpayer money should be used to define and divide young Oklahomans by their race or sex,” said Stitt.
HB 1775 prevents schools from telling students that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another” and that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive.”
Stitt ended his speech by citing Martin Luther King Jr., who said that people should be judged on the substance of their character rather than their skin color.