Around the United States, parents are reacting in horror to the knowledge that after over a year of pandemic shutdowns and being isolated, their children will be returning to public schools that appear to have been invaded by foreign actors who are actually looking to destroy their children’s self-image and education with a new concept in teaching called “Critical Race Theory” that comes out of highly controversial Equity Departments.
“Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed legislation aimed at preventing schools and universities from “indoctrinating” students through teaching critical race theory, which examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law,” reported Idaho news. com.
WHAT ABOUT STUDENT’S CIVIL RIGHTS? WHAT ABOUT TEACHER’S CIVIL RIGHTS? DO WHITE PEOPLE HAVE CIVIL RIGHTS? DO ALL AMERICANS HAVE CIVIL RIGHTS?
Republican state Sen. Jim Rice argued that the bill contains the “same principles that have been the foundation of the Civil Rights movement.”
“It’s that every individual should be treated equally under the law, that no one should be compelled to believe something just because someone else does,” Rice told local reporters.
“The Bill didn’t ban the idea per se. The bill prohibits public schools from directing or compelling students to personally affirm, adopt or adhere to certain tenets. The bill is actually not that strong compared to others I’ve seen,” One poster wrote.
“Awesome stuff! It’s a poison that teaches kids to hate their skin, regardless of color. They make black kids feel bad about their race’s history and blame the white kids *for* that history. It’s a lose-lose,” another poster on Twitter wrote.
The Republican governor signed the bill late Wednesday. It allows teaching critical race theory but prohibits forcing belief systems onto students that claim a group of people as defined by sex, race, ethnicity, or religion are inferior or superior to others. Some GOP lawmakers are concerned belief systems will be forced on Idaho students and have been holding up education budget bills until Little signed this bill involving what is taught in schools.
FULL TEXT OF THE BILL-IS IT STRONG ENOUGH?
LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
Sixty-sixth Legislature First Regular Session – 2021
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 377
BYWAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
RELATING TO DIGNITY AND NONDISCRIMINATION IN PUBLIC EDUCATION; AMENDING CHAPTER 1, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-138, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE INTENT, TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS, TO ESTABLISH PROHIBITIONS REGARDING CERTAIN TENETS, DISTINCTIONS OR CLASSIFICATIONS, OR COURSES OF INSTRUCTION OR UNITS OF STUDY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION; AMENDING CHAPTER 1, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-139, IDAHO CODE, TO PROHIBIT THE EXPENDITURE OF MONEYS FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
SECTION 1. That Chapter 1, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known, and des ignited as Section 33-138, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
33-138. DIGNITY AND NONDISCRIMINATION IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. (1) It is the intent of the legislature that administrators, faculty members, other employees, and students at public schools, including public charter schools and institutions of higher education, respect the dignity of others, acknowledge the right of others to express differing opinions, and foster and defend intellectual honesty, freedom of inquiry and instruction, and freedom of speech and association.
(2) The Idaho legislature finds that tenets outlined in subsection (3)(a) of this section, often found in “critical race theory,” undermine the objectives outlined in subsection (1) of this section and exacerbate and inflame divisions on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or other criteria in ways contrary to the unity of the nation and the well-being of the state of Idaho and its citizens.
(3) In accordance with section 6, Article IX of the constitution of the state of Idaho and section 67-5909, Idaho Code:
(a) No public institution of higher education, school district, or public school, including a public charter school, shall direct or otherwise compel students to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to any of the following tenets:
(i) That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior;
(ii) That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin; or
(iii) That individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.
(b) No distinction or classification of students shall be made on account of race or color.
(c) No course of instruction or unit of study directing or otherwise compelling students to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to any of the tenets identified in paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be used or introduced in any institution of higher education, any school district, or any public school, including a public charter school.
(4) Nothing in this section should be construed to prohibit the required collection or reporting of demographic data by public schools or public institutions of higher education.
SECTION 2. That Chapter 1, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and designated as Section 33-139, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
33-139. PROHIBITION ON THE EXPENDITURE OF MONEYS FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES. No money shall be expended by the state board of education, any entity under the state board of education’s jurisdiction, or any school district, public charter school, or public institution of higher education for any purpose prohibited in section 33-138, Idaho Code.
SECTION 3. SEVERABILITY. The provisions of this act are hereby declared to be severable. If any provision of this act or the application of such provision to any person or circumstance is declared invalid for any reason, such declaration shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this act.
24 SECTION 4. An emergency existing therefor, which emergency is hereby declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its passage and approval.
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Why can’t all state legislative bodies pass something similar? Surely all lawmakers would agree that all students and teachers do have Civil Rights, including white students and teachers, right?
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776