Governor Bans Critical Race, Gender-Based Theory in Public Schools

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday signed into law a bill that prohibits the teaching of critical race theory in public schools and universities in the state.

The bill was first introduced in April and has passed the Republican-led state legislature with overwhelming support.

It was introduced by state Sens. David Bullard, Nathan Dahm, Shane Jett, and Warren Hamilton, and will forbid public schools and universities from requiring teachers, staff, or students to “engage in any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling” or any “orientation or requirement that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or a bias on the basis of race or sex.”

The bill prohibits teachings that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex” and that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.”

“Now more than ever, we need policies that bring us closer together – not rip us apart,” Stitt said Friday. “I firmly believe that not one cent of taxpayer money should be used to define and divide young Oklahomans by their race or sex.”

The governor dismissed critics’ complaints that the bill would stifle discourse about racism, slavery, and other sensitive subjects related to U.S. history, and affirmed he contnues to favor the Oklahoma Academic Standards curriculum which teaches about the Trail of Tears, the civil rights activist Clara Luper, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and the Oklahoma City bombing, Fox News reported.

“To be sure, we must keep teaching history in all of its complexities and encourage honest and tough conversations about our painful past,” the GOP governor said after signing the bill. “Nothing in this bill prevents or discourages those conversations.”

Stitt said the bill is aimed more at protecting young children from being told they are inherently racist or privileged and being characterized as the “oppressor.”

“During a time when we are already so polarized, we cannot revert to 100-year-old thinking: that a person is any less valuable or is inherently racist by the color of their skin,” he continued. “I will not stand for publicly funded, K through 12 schools training impressionable minds to define themselves by their sex or their race.”

Stitt is the first governor to sign a bill prohibiting race- and gender-oriented education, though Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken other actions.

In March, DeSantis announced millions in funding for civics education that will promote “foundational concepts with the best materials and it will expressly exclude unsanctioned narratives like critical race theory and other unsubstantiated theories.”

“Let me be clear: There is no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory,” DeSantis said. “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”

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