Texas lawmakers move to ban critical race theory from public classrooms

by Peter Heck · Mar 31st, 2021 2:49 pm

Last Updated Apr 1st, 2021 at 11:02 pm

The Texas legislature has introduced a bill that would ban the teaching of so-called critical race theory in the state's K-12 public school system. The key themes of race essentialism, collective guilt, and neo-segregation would be legally barred from curriculum if passed.

The legislation ensures that just as it would be illegal to teach that any race or sex is "inherently superior," it would equally forbid instruction that "an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously."

If it becomes law, the legislation also prohibits a teacher or school from telling students that a person's morality is derived from their sex or race. The bill's authors also made clear that collective guilt – the notion that a person "bears responsibility" for the past conduct of others of their race or sex – is inappropriate and unacceptable for the classroom.


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