Progressives across the country have increasingly called for implementing elements of the controversial critical race theory in public school classrooms as critics say the ideology inaccurately portrays American society as inherently racist.
In a narrow 4–3 vote by one California district, school board members approved a resolution that effectively bans such lessons from being taught in its schools.
“Disgustingly racist ideology”
According to Fox News, the vote came during a meeting on Tuesday in which the seven board members of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District heard from parents in favor of and against a proposed resolution from board president Chris Arend.
“I find critical race theory to be just an absolutely disgustingly racist ideology that has been developed with the intention of really driving a wedge between various groups in America, various ethnic groups, and to use that to absolutely ruin our nation,” Arend later told Fox.
His resolution was drafted after he and other board members heard from concerned parents and determined that the ideology should have no place in the district’s schools.
Rather than issue a blanket ban on critical race theory, however, the resolution sought to focus on key elements deemed particularly toxic to the classroom curriculum.
Referring to the theory as “fatally flawed” and based on “false assumptions” about the nation, the resolution denounced it for assigning “moral fault,” “racial guilt,” and “generational guilt” solely on the basis of an individual’s race.
“The prevalence of the contagion”
As such, the school board now forbids educators from teaching students certain tenets of the theory, including that racism is tied to power or that certain individuals are inherently racist or oppressed simply because of their skin color.
The three board members who dissented reportedly did so not because they support critical race theory but because they either believed the resolution did not go far enough or that there are existing guidelines sufficient to keep such lessons out of the classroom.
In his Fox News appearance, Arend noted that his resolution does not completely ban the discussion of critical race theory within the educational setting.
“We teach the children about communism without teaching them communism,” he explained. “We teach them about fascism without teaching them fascism.”
The board president went on to assert that the district “can do the same with CRT, and actually, we should do that so that the kids are vaccinated against the prevalence of this contagion in academia.”