This past Monday, Tate Reeves, the governor of Mississippi, officially signed a new bill into law that established a ban on Critical Race Theory (CRT) across all of the state’s public schools.
Public schools must refrain from teaching students “that any sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin is inherently superior or inferior” or “that individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin,” stated the law.
This new law directly applies to k-12 public schools along with all of Mississippi’s community colleges and public universities.
The ball sailed through the GOP-majority state Senate back in January when all of the black senators in the chamber refused to vote and walked out of the room in protest. The state House, which is also Republican-controlled, also let the bill glide through earlier this month.
CRT itself is the mindset that states that racism is entirely system and permeates all aspects of American culture, and is also the reason for all “inequities” between the various races. It has become the center of many a controversy for parents of various school districts around the country.
“Across this great country, we’re seeing a full-court press by a vocal minority of well-organized and well-funded activists who seek to tear down the unity that has helped make our country great,” stated Reeves in a video message to go along with the bill signing ceremony that took place on Monday.
“Children are dragged to the front of the classroom and are coerced to declare themselves as oppressors, taught that they should feel guilty because of the color of their skin or that they are inherently a victim because of their race,” exclaimed Governor Reeves. “That’s why today, Mississippi is taking another step toward ensuring our kids receive the unbiased and impartial education they need to reach their full potential as individuals not as liberal operatives.”
Reeves went on to state that he expects proponents of Critical Race Theory to hurl accusations at Mississippi about preventing kids from learning about “important historical events” such as slavery or the Civil Rights Movement, which is an accusation he claimed was “flat-out wrong.”
“All elements of Mississippi and all elements of American history, both the good and the bad, should be taught in our schools, period,” stated Reeves.
Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright has stated that CRT is not naught in any K-12 public schools in Mississippi.
As of writing, there are 10 states that have managed to get legislation passed that sought to crack down on CRT in schools: Mississippi, Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Arizona, and North Dakota.