As defined by the bill, prohibited ideas of critical race theory would include that:
- “One race is inherently superior or inferior to another race;”
- An individual or group’s race makes them superior or inferior to others, makes them morally culpable “for the actions committed by other individuals who are of the same race,” or makes them “inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously;”
- “The race of an individual or a group of individuals is determinative of the moral worth of the individual or group of individuals;”
- “The United States is a fundamentally racist country; or”
- “The founding documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, are fundamentally racist documents.”
Cruz’s bill would require agencies under the executive branch to follow Executive Order 13950 that was issued by President Trump in September 2020.
That executive order was rescinded by President Biden on his first day in office.
“President Biden’s decision was unsurprising but shows the Democratic Party will stop at nothing to indoctrinate Americans,” said Cruz in a press release. “I am proud to introduce this bill to block federal funding for CRT and ensure the U.S. government doesn’t contribute to this radical ideology.”
The legislation cites Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech and his hope for “a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
“The federal government has no right to force a political agenda onto Americans, especially one that aims to tear down our institutions and divide us based on race,” said Cruz.
“Critical Race Theory originated out of the critical race studies movement. It is a Marxist ideology that sees the world as a battle, not between the classes – as classical Marxism does – but between the races. This is inherently bigoted.”
With the House and Senate narrowly controlled by Democrats, and with Biden in the White House who already asserted his opposition to the anti-CRT policy, the legislation on the politicized subject will face a tough if not impossible battle to become law anytime soon.
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.