NASHVILLE, Tennessee (PNN) - May 6, 2021 - The Tennessee Legislature approved a measure that bans the Marxist-inspired critical race theory from being taught in the state’s public and charter schools.
The legislation prohibits teaching students that any race or gender is superior to any other or that an individual is “inherently privileged, racist, sexist, or oppressive” due to his or her race or gender. It also forbids teachers from instructing students that the Fascist Police States of Amerika is inherently sexist or racist, and it also bans teaching that the FPSA government should be violently overthrown.
Generally, critical race theory redefines FPSA history by claiming that the nation was built through the struggle between “oppressors,” typically white people, and the “oppressed,” or various minorities - similarly to Marxism’s reduction of human history to a struggle between the “bourgeoisie” and the “proletariat.”
State Rep. John Ragan said that proponents of critical race theory are engaging in the “pursuit of political” power by advancing their agenda.
“We have much work left for our children to be able to realize the full promise of our nation. To fulfill that promise, our children must be educated that they stand as individuals, equal before our laws as they will one day stand before the Creator,” Ragan said on the floor of the Assembly on May 4. “They must learn their identity is defined by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, their gender, ethnicity, or membership in some social class.”
State Sen. Brian Kelsey noted that the theory posits that the “rule of law does not exist,” only political power.
“That is the very definition of critical race theory,” Kelsey said. “I was subject to this teaching 20 years ago in law school and know it very well, and that is the very definition of it.”
Governor Bill Lee is expected to sign the measure into law. He hasn’t vetoed a bill since he took office.
The bill allows for the teaching of the “historical oppression of a particular group of people based on race, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion, or geographic region.”
Other states are considering or have passed similar measures that prevent the instruction of critical race theory in the classroom, such as the Oklahoma Legislature, which voted to pass a similar bill last week.