The Tennessee State House has voted to pass a bill banning the teaching of controversial critical race theory in public schools. The theory comes from the radical left and seeks to impose the idea that America is hopelessly rooted in racism from its history and constitution.
The bill was approved by state lawmakers on Wednesday and seeks to prohibit taxpayer funds from imposing leftist ideologies on the very youngest children.
Conservatives and numerous parent groups have expressed concern that the content taught in schools will shame children because of the color of their skin, creating the opposite effect of what is supposedly intended.
“The legislation, which moves to the Senate, would prohibit schools from promoting racial essentialism, collective guilt and state-sanctioned racism,” according to City Journal writer Christopher Rufo in dialogue with the Daily Wire.
The bill prohibits K-12 institutions from promoting racial divisions among peers by forcing certain children to see themselves as “oppressors.” In contrast, others are seen as “oppressed” simply because of the color of their skin.
If the new bill passes, teachers will no longer be able to tell an individual “by virtue of their race or sex” that they are “inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive.”
Nor will they be able to have students promoted that “an individual’s moral character is determined by the individual’s race or sex,” or that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is responsible for the past actions of other members of the same race or sex.” Precisely the opposite of what critical race theory posits.
Another issue prohibited by the regulation is for teachers to teach their students that the state of Tennessee or the United States is in general terms or from its constitution racist or sexist. Also, in opposition to critical race theory that seeks by its ideals to convey hatred and resentment against the history of the United States and its founding fathers.
“Tennessee lawmakers have a moral obligation to ensure that public schools reflect the values of the public, and Tennesseans of all racial backgrounds reject the toxic and divisive tenets of racial essentialism, collective guilt and neo-segregation,” Rufo said.
Republican state Rep. John Ragan proposed the Tennessee bill.
While defending his bill in the House, Ragan read an email he received about a seven-year-old white female student in Williamson County who was described as depressed and suicidal after a discussion at her school about white privilege.
“I’m ashamed to be white,” she told her mother, according to the email.
Ragan’s bill would authorize Tennessee’s education commissioner to withhold funding from schools that teach a range of concepts included in critical race theory, such as those mentioned above.
Governor Bill Lee’s Office confirmed to FOX13 that the Governor intends to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.