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Republicans blast critical race theory as ‘divisive’ in letter to education secretary

Republican Reps. Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Jeff Duncan of South Carolina have expressed their concern about teaching critical race theory in a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

“Civics and history are two subjects that are vitally important to our children’s intellectual growth and education,” the letter said. “Through civic education, students learn the foundational principles of our democracy, about our co-equal branches of government and our unalienable rights under the Constitution. A strong civic education should empower students to be well-informed and active citizens.”

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The letter went on to warn against the influence of the 1619 Project and Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to Be an Antiracist,” the principles of which the congressmen described as “antithetical to the American Dream.” They went on to extol the American Dream for having “drawn millions of individuals to America’s shores and created the most prosperous nation in human history.”

The letter also blasted the 1619 Project as “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.’” It added that the 1619 Project “is in fundamental opposition to our true foundation date in 1776.”

“Critical Race Theory commits to an unremitting attack on Western institutions and norms in order to dismantle all aspects of society,” the letter further said, warning that the teachings of Critical Race Theory ultimately undermine the fundamental rights of the American people.

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“Critical Race Theory is antithetical to the fundamental values and beliefs of America and the American dream,” Lamborn. “The 1619 Project is historically inaccurate, racially divisive, and argues that the entire American system is corrupted from top to bottom. Our schools obviously have a crucial role to play in helping make students aware of the negative consequences of slavery and the significant contributions of Black Americans. However, we should never prioritize educational grants for schools that promote attacks on the principles enshrined in our Constitution. I am grateful for the support of Congressman Duncan on this crucial issue.”

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice 

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