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Nikole Hannah-Jones, founder 1619 Project: "It is a project trying to teach children the truth about what our country was based upon."
Arkansas has become the fourth state to ban critical race theory in schools, but many other states are hesitating to outlaw it. While the race-based theory many consider "racist" is gaining steam around the country, Republican politicians have taken notice.
Florida's Gov. Ron DeSantis:
Our schools are supposed to give people a foundation of knowledge, [they're] not supposed to be indoctrination centers where you're trying to push specific ideologies. Let me be clear: There's no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.
Yet, pressure from the woke crowd of leftist America seems to be keeping many lawmakers from pulling the trigger.
Woman: "White privilege is real. It is so real."
Even Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas wouldn't sign the bill to ban it, but only allowed it to become law by withholding both his signature and a veto. While Arkansas joins Idaho, Utah and Florida in banning some or all of the racist theory, at least a dozen other state legislatures introduced — but halted — legislation.
New York's Rep. Hakeem Jeffries: "What is critical race theory?"
Critical race theory holds that racism is the ordinary state of society. It spurns "color-blindness" espoused by Martin Luther King, claiming it serves only to further the interests of white people, who are the oppressors.
Gov. DeSantis: "Gimme a break, this country has had more opportunity for more people than any country in the history of the world — and it doesn't matter where you trace your ancestry from. ... It's very a harmful ideology, and I would say a race-based version of a Marxist-type ideology."
King preached judgment should be limited only to the content of one's character, not the color of one's skin, which is and contrary to critical race theory.
Martin Luther King Jr.: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
As the Left ramps up pressure to conform to its dangerous ideology, civil leaders have either remained silent or virtue-signaled their tacit support.
Utah's Sen. Mitt Romney: "Black lives matter."
If critical race theory becomes normalized in American schools — a theory that contradicts the heart of the civil rights movement — even MLK would be condemned for not being 'woke' enough.