GOP lawmakers warn against ‘dangerous’ Biden critical race theory effortApril 28, 2021
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Two Republican congressmen have reportedly sent US Education Secretary Miguel Cardona a letter urging the Biden administration to reconsider spending taxpayer money on Critical Race Theory lessons for the nation’s students.
A new rule proposed by the US Education Department says financial grants could encourage schools to “incorporate teaching and learning practices that reflect the diversity, identities, histories, contributions, and experiences of all students.”
The plan posted on the National Archive’s Federal Register website cites as examples the New York Times Magazine’s controversial “1619 Project” and the work of Ibram X. Kendi, author of the best-selling book “How to Be an Antiracist.”
In his book, Kendi writes “the only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Jeff Duncan (R-SC) have sent a letter to Cardona urging the Team Biden to rethink the effort, according to Fox News.
“It is therefore counterproductive and even dangerous to allow our vulnerable school children to be taught the falsehoods prevalent in the 1619 Project or in Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist,” they wrote, according to the outlet.
“This book is antithetical to the American Dream… Moreover, the 1619 Project is a racially divisive revisionist account of history which intends to ‘reframe U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as our nation’s foundational date.’ The 1619 Project is in fundamental opposition to our true foundation date in 1776,” they continue.
Lamborn told Fox News in a statement Tuesday: “Our schools obviously have a crucial role to play in helping make students aware of the negative consequences of slavery and significant contributions of Black Americans.
“However, we should never prioritize educational grants for schools that promote attacks on the principles enshrined in our Constitution,” he added.
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