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Senator Joe Manchin joined with the GOP on Wednesday in voting to ban funding for schools to teach Critical Race Theory. The Democrat from West Virginia was the only member of his party to join the GOP in banning federal dollars from going to educating students on the true history and present-day realities of life in the United States.

The funding would have provided support for teaching Critical Race Theory in schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. 

The ban, introduced by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, was conceived as an amendment to the Senate’s budget reconciliation negotiations for 2022. Senator Cotton has long been a critic of Critical Race Theory.

Republicans and Dem. Joe Manchin against teaching CRT

While on the floor, Senator Cotton insisted that Critical Race Theory teachings are “an un-American ideology” and its supporters “want to teach our children that America is not a good nation but a racist nation.” Cotton continued, stating that the country’s future “depends on the next generation of kids loving America and loving each other.”

Senator Cotton did not explain how or why learning Critical Race Theory would prohibit students from loving the United States or each other, but his words echoed the sentiment that Critical Race Theory puts a spotlight on America’s history of systemic racism and oppression, and promotes modern-day movements to teach the truth. 

Naturally, parents and educators across the country support educating students on Critical Race Theory. The National Education Association (NEA), has promoted teaching Critical Race Theory at its annual meeting and representative assembly, where delegates voted to “increase the implementation” of Critical Race Theory and other similar curriculum for students. Though many parents have also staged protests across the country against teaching the curriculum.

The federal ban on funding comes as nearly half the states in the United States have already voted to ban educators from teaching Critical Race Theory. Many of those bans, however, are already being challenged in court.  

Erika Stone is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Oklahoma, and a graduate assistant at Schusterman Library. A Chess Memorial Scholar, she has a B.A. in Psychology...

6 replies on “Senate votes to ban federal funding to teach Critical Race Theory”

  1. This is just a continuation of the Right’s attack on public education, the teachers and critical thinking. Its a constant from teaching Evolution being fought, to schools recruiting and training homosexuals and most recently the national campaign against Common Core for it’s teaching of critical thinking. The Right always is moaning about “losing their kids” when they learn to think for themselves and the simplistic slogans of the right like” drill baby drill” no longer are believed by the younger generation. CRT does not teach hatred of white people in fact it teaches the opposite, that color has no meaning .
    MAGA has seized upon white fear and magnified it as a supposed national campaign and CRT is the vehicle. A complete fabrication as is the current parallel charge of a new Marxism. They never tire of using the Commie menace to attack what is good and right. Hence the ancient term “Red Herring”. The threats are all made up to instill fear in their base. These attacks are recast in origin and in design. Promulgated by the same Racists that have always been there, just always finding a new twist to promote hatred and fear.

    1. Yes yes, teaching ideology instead of historical accuracy is good and right….. Wrong.
      People like you who want to teach toxic ideology and destroy the USA are almost as bad as the Taliban. Thankfully the Senate voted 99-0 against defunding the police.

  2. The true history lol. I don’t think the history part is the issue. It’s the inherented racism, collective guilt, and that thought that people of African heritage can not be capable of racism. Due to their standing in American society. It’s incredibly and embarrassing that 49 elected officials voted for this.

  3. As Matthew said, I can’t believe the author states that this is educating kids on the true history.. That is insane. I’m fine with my kids being taught the racism that has occurred in this country in the past. That way it can be learned and not repeated…. but,,I’ve seen the material, The material says that white kids are inherently racist and oppressive because of only one reason, their race. If you can’t see the hypocrisy of that you are blind to your hatred. This author Erika Stone seems that an extreme racist and hope she goes nowhere near anyone’s children. This racism has to stop.

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