Oklahoma has officially banned critical race theory from being taught in state schools.
Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill on Friday that prohibits Oklahoma teachers and administrators from teaching certain "critical race theories," according to KOCO-TV.
What are the details?
HB 1775 targets discriminatory teaching on race and sex, barring Oklahoma school districts from adopting curriculum that promulgates ideas from what is being described as critical race theory.
Critical race theory is a legal perspective that examine society through a racial lens. Advocates of critical race theory believe American society is inherently racist, and that it was, in fact, designed to perpetuate institutionalized discrimination.
Specifically, Oklahoma's new law prohibits teaching that:
- "One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex"
- "An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously"
- "An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex"
- "Members of one race or sex cannot and should not attempt to treat others without respect to race or sex"
- "An individual's moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex"
- "An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex"
- "Any individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex"
- "Meritocracy or traits such as a hard work ethic are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race"
In a statement, Gov. Stitt said the law was necessary because public schools should foster an environment of unity, not promote ideas that divide students down racial lines.
"Now more than ever, we need policies that bring us together, not rip us apart," Stitt said in a video. "As governor, I firmly believe that not one cent of taxpayer money should be used to define and divide young Oklahomans about their race or sex. That is what this bill upholds for public education."
Stitt added that he "refuses to tolerate" the "labeling a young child as an 'oppressor'" or making students feel "guilt" or "shame" because of their race.
My statement on HB 1775. https://t.co/2EgMh7A7xZ— Governor Kevin Stitt (@Governor Kevin Stitt)1620423050.0
The law takes effect on July 1.
As TheBlaze reported, numerous Republican-controlled state legislatures are considering enacting similar curriculum restrictions to ban critical race theory from being taught in public schools.
Idaho became the first state in the country to enact a law against critical race theory, while Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Arkansas, Utah, and West Virginia are reportedly considering similar legislation.