This Tuesday, June 8, Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law a bill that prohibits Critical Race Theory from being promoted or taught in the state’s schools, the Des Moines Register reported.
This new law goes into effect on July 1.
In a statement, the governor said she was very proud to have worked with the legislature to “promote learning, not discriminatory indoctrination.”
For Reynolds, Critical Race Theory is nothing more than stereotypes and labels and teaches children that instead of judging someone by their character or personality, they should be judged by their race, sexual identity, or gender.
Parts of this law are based on an executive order by former President Donald Trump, rescinded in January by Joe Biden.
The rescinding of this executive order prompted Republicans across the country to show their intention to eliminate the teaching of this theory from U.S. classrooms.
Democrats and various groups opposed this new law because it is subjective and vague.
The new legislation will prohibit teaching ideas such as that the state of Iowa is fundamentally or systematically sexist or racist. Because of their sex or race, anyone could feel distressed, guilt, discomfort, or any other form of psychological distress. Also, because of their sex or race, an individual is, per se, consciously or unconsciously sexist, racist, or oppressive.
In other words, there will be no stereotyping by race or sex, which is a prevalent practice used by the left today to divide and pit people against each other.
It also prohibits university and school employees from discriminating against students and other employees because of their political ideology or other characteristics protected by federal civil rights law.
It should be noted that this law will not prohibit instructors or teachers from answering student questions about Critical Race Theory and discussing it within a broader course of study.
On Tuesday, June 8, a Chinese mother from Virginia who survived Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution and was able to immigrate to the United States gave an emotional speech in front of the School Board. She drew a parallel between what she experienced as a student in Communist China and what students are experiencing with Critical Race Theory.
Her speech showed her concern that this theory was doing nothing but pitting students against each other and their teachers, just as it did during Mao’s time in China.
She said that the School Board allows children to be trained to be “social justice warriors” and hate America and its history.
She told of escaping from China at age 26 and finding freedoms in the United States she never had in China. In the current political climate, she said those freedoms are being eroded by the leftist sectors that are advancing relentlessly.
She said that currently, she could not say whatever she wants, but the other side can, and that for her as for so many other Chinese it is “heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here.”
And in closing, she called on Americans to reflect.
“I do not think a lot of people understand. They are thinking they are doing the right thing, ‘be against racism’ sounds really good. But they are basically breaking the system that is against racism.”