Samuel Case, FISM News
Last week Idaho became the first state to ban critical race theory, a decisive shot fired against the Marxist ideology that the Biden administration has been pushing. Idaho Senators voted 28-7 to pass legislation that blocks the curriculum from being taught in schools. Republican Governor Brad Little signed the legislation shortly after.
Ellie Krasne of the Heritage Foundation defines critical race theory as “a theoretical framework, rooted in Marxism, that posits individuals as oppressed or oppressor based on their skin color.”
The legislation says in part:
No public institution of higher education, school district, or public school, including a public charter school, shall direct or otherwise compel students to personally affirm, adopt, or adhere to any of the following tenets: That any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior; That individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin; or that individuals, by virtue of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, or national origin.
While Idaho may be the first state to pass legislation in regards to critical race theory, it is not the first state to take actions to remove the ideology from classrooms.
In March, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state would not be teaching critical race theory, saying “teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.”
FISM News reported that rather than teaching this form of neo-Marxism, the state of Florida “will invest in actual, solid, true curriculum and will be a leader in the development and implementation of a world-class civics education.” DeSantis is proposing that $16.5 million be designated to train educators in civics, with teachers who complete the training receiving a $3,000 bonus.
Last week, DeSantis told Fox News host Laura Ingraham during a town hall that the ideology of “a systemically racist country,” is “a bunch of horse manure.” He said “it’s a very harmful ideology, and I would say, really, a race-based version of a Marxist-type ideology. So we’ve banned it in our schools here in Florida. We’re not going to put any taxpayer dollars to critical race theory, and we want to treat people as individuals, not as members of groups.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says that the idea of "systemic racism" is a bunch of "horse manure":
“It’s a very harmful ideology, and I would say really a race-based version of a Marxist-type ideology.” pic.twitter.com/UgHL6Mdzv6
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 30, 2021
The Florida Governor’s words echo those of South Carolina Senator Tim Scott in his response to Biden’s congressional speech, where Scott said, “a hundred years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic — and if they looked a certain way, they were inferior. Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them — and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor.”