Rep. Ted Budd Speaks Out Against Critical Race Theory
Washington, May 12, 2021
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) spoke out against Critical Race Theory in our federal agencies, schools, and military.
Rep. Budd joined Rep. Dan Bishop, Former OMB Director and President of Citizens for Renewing America Russ Vought, and Reps. Chip Roy, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Andy Biggs, and Ralph Norman at a press conference to support two new pieces of legislation.
The first is the Combatting Racist Training in the U.S. Military Act, which prohibits the U.S. military and educational institutions under the Department of Defense from promoting un-American and racist theories like CRT.
The second is the Stop CRT Act, which codifies a Trump executive order banning CRT from being used in federal agency trainings.
Text of Rep. Budd’s remarks are below:
Thanks to my friend Congressman Dan Bishop for organizing this and leading this important legislation.
Let me start by stating a few facts:
The United States of America is NOT a racist country.
In America, we judge our fellow citizens by their own merit, not by the color of their skin.
And in America, we strive for equality of opportunity for all.
Now until recently, these statements were completely uncontroversial.
But according to the radical, far-left ideology known as “Critical Race Theory”, our country is flawed, hopeless, and evil.
Critical Race Theory states that America is systemically racist, and that we must define each other solely based on race and pass laws that reflect that.
Now, we’re standing here today because Corporate America, Big Tech, and Hollywood are pushing Critical Race Theory in institutions across the country.
Critical Race Theory is taking over the military.
It’s being taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
And the U.S. Navy has even begun suggesting readings based on this Critical Race Theory.
Think about that... Instead of teaching our fighting men and women to unite around a patriotic love for our country, they are being taught that our country is inherently not good or exceptional, and our troops are being taught to divide themselves based on skin color and background.
That’s why these bills are so important.
They would keep these un-American and, frankly, racist theories out of our schools, federal workforce, and our military.
Look, here’s what we need to be teaching our fellow citizens:
This nation is special.
Our country is blessed by God.
We embody the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
And that we are all endowed by our Creator with equal rights that no man or government can ever take away.
That’s the truth about the United States of America.
I thank Congressman Bishop for leading legislation to preserve this truth in our armed forces and federal agencies.