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Critical Race Theory Does Not Belong in Public Schools

“One race is inherently superior to another.”
“All Americans are not created equal.”

Do you think teachers should compel students to accept any of these concepts?

The answer is certainly no. They’re abhorrent principles that people rightly oppose. Yet when the legislature voted on a bill to ensure none of these concepts are promoted in public schools, every Democrat voted no, and when it passed, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed it. Why? Ask two Democrats and you’ll get two contradictory answers.

One will say, “Schools don’t teach these concepts,” and the other will say, “This bill would force teachers to change how they teach.” Both those things can’t possibly be true.

When politicians can’t give a straight answer to a simple question, that usually means they’re concealing the real reason. And the real reason is probably this: The bill is tangentially related to the movement against Critical Race Theory, and Democrats have gotten so far out over their skis in defending the wildly unpopular doctrine that they can’t possibly backtrack now by supporting this bill. The wacky result of this maneuvering is that a straightforward bill combating discrimination went down in flames. The better result would be for Democrats to listen to the very real concerns of parents that some public schools are peddling a race-centric doctrine dividing everybody along racial lines.

Schools must teach our state’s sometimes ugly history, including slavery and Jim Crow. But this doctrine is separate from that history, and it doesn’t belong in K-12 schools.

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