GOP leaders in a number of states have taken steps to prohibit lessons involving critical race theory from being taught in public schools.
Now, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling on all state governors from both parties to ban or refuse to accept funding tied to the promotion of the controversial race-based curriculum.
“Focus on what brings us together”
Her remarks came during a recent Fox News Channel appearance during which she discussed the perceived societal dangers of critical race theory among other current events.
Last week, the former South Carolina governor shared her objections to the theory in a tweet.
Critical race theory is going to hold back generations of young people,” she argued at the time. “My parents always taught us to focus on what brings us together not sets us apart. America should be united around shared values, not divided by different shades of color.”
Fox News Channel host Sandra Smith referenced the tweet during her on-air conversation with Haley on Monday.
“Think about a 5-year-old that starts kindergarten and they don’t know anything about color,” Haley theorized. “If she’s white, you’re telling her she’s bad. If she’s brown or Black, you’re telling her she will never be enough and she’s always a victim.”
“Long-lasting into our kids”
The inclusion of critical race theory in public school curricula is “harmful for the very well-being of our children,” she said.
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Recalling that she grew up in “rural South Carolina” and was “teased” for her Indian roots, Haley said that her mother advised her to respond by highlighting how she was similar to the other children instead of focusing on their differences.
“We don’t need to go and do what is happening on college campuses now on our children in kindergarten,” she said. “Every governor in the country needs to ban funding for critical race theory.”
Haley concluded by insisting that governors across the nation can “decide what money they take from the Department of Education,” advising that they decline money used to promote a theory with “effects that will go long-lasting into our kids.”