Tennessee bans teaching critical race theory in public schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee General Assembly has banned the teaching of critical race theory.

Critical race theory examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law.

Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown, said in a tweet, “Critical Race Theory teaches that American democracy is a lie. It teaches that the rule of law does not exist & is instead a series of power struggles among racial groups. It is harmful to our students & is antithetical to everything we stand for as Americans & as Tennesseans.”

Across the country, conservative lawmakers say they fear that white students are being taught that they should be ashamed for past wrongs carried out by earlier generations, such as slavery.

Senate Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, argued the bill promotes revisionist history. She sent FOX13 the following statement:

“This offensive legislation pretends skin color has never mattered in our country. As far too many Americans know, race-based oppression, discrimination and inequality has been a fact of life since before the dawn of our nation. Our children deserve to learn the full story and truth of our people—the victories and the struggles. Unfortunately, the controlling party is attempting to erase historical fact in favor whitewashed falsehoods.”

Arkansas, Idaho and Oklahoma have implemented various versions of a ban already this year.

Governor Bill Lee’s Office confirmed to FOX13 that the Governor intends to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.


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