Budd & Robinson: How North Carolina is fighting back against critical race theory
Washington, September 16, 2021
Op-ed from Rep. Budd and Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson in Washington Examiner: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/how-north-carolina-is-fighting-back-against-critical-race-theory
This battle is being fought across several fronts. You have patriotic parents on the front lines taking to microphones at local school board meetings, demanding that their children not be indoctrinated with the divisive and toxic ideology of critical race theory. In Johnston County, North Carolina, parents demonstrated outside their school board meeting last month in opposition to CRT.
In Illinois, a black father named Ty Smith went viral on YouTube for standing up against CRT. He said, “When it comes down to it, people are people. My sons never had to talk about white or Asian people. They know they are people. They were their friends, they played with them. They never once came home and said ‘Dad, my white friend across the street.’ They just said ‘my friend.’”
These patriots should be defended, and politicians should have their backs.
It's clear where the Biden-Harris White House stands on this woke orthodoxy. Press secretary Jen Psaki said our kids should be taught that “there is systemic racism that is still impacting society today.” Democrats from across the spectrum have signaled their support for CRT and falsely claimed that critics wish to ignore entire chapters of American history. That could not be further from the truth.
American children should be taught about slavery and Jim Crow. But they should also be taught about Abraham Lincoln’s contention that America's founding and Constitution put slavery “in the course of ultimate extinction.” They should be taught how brave men and women stood up and used our founding documents to bring us closer to the day when Americans would, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
CRT does not simply teach the history of racism or slavery. CRT states that the U.S. is systemically and hopelessly racist. It preaches that simply by being a certain skin color an individual is automatically racist. If young, impressionable children are indoctrinated to view each other not as individuals but purely based on race, we will have taken a giant step backward in the cause of national unity.
In our state, we have exposed the fact that some teachers are abusing their positions to indoctrinate our children into being ashamed of themselves purely based on the color of their skin. The lieutenant governor's task force collected over 500 submissions from across North Carolina and published a thorough F.A.C.T.S. Report to prove our case.
So with this fight raging, what can be done? There are several solid solutions to support patriotic parents across our country. In North Carolina, the state legislature is working on House Bill 324, which would prohibit school districts from promoting many of the concepts found in CRT.
In Congress, immediate action should be taken to pass the Preserve American History Act , which would bring back President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission to promote the American founding. The Saving American History Act should also be taken up and passed. This bill would ban the 1619 project, which has been criticized by many scholars from America’s classrooms. And finally, the Combatting Racist Teaching in Schools Act would defund any school district that teaches CRT.
Here’s the truth: The U.S. is good. Our founding was based on exceptional ideals. For the first time in human history, a nation was created proclaiming that a citizen’s rights do not come from the government; they come from God. We embody the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That legacy is unambiguously positive, and it’s something to be proud of. At the end of the day, parents who oppose CRT aren’t trying to cover up U.S. history; they’re trying to preserve it. They simply want their kids to be taught to love our country, not hate it.