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District of Columbia | July 29, 2021

Love America Act and Seeks to Critical Race Theory

District of Columbia | July 29, 2021

Can love overcome hate when it comes to the teaching of critical race theory? With today’s Americans for Limited Government minute, I’m Catherine Mortensen. Senator Josh Hawley thinks so. He is proposing the “Love America Act” to fight the teachings of critical race theory. Hawley told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that his legislation would combat the “misinformation the Left is spreading” that the United States is “a racist country” that’s “systemically evil.” “That’s not true. This is a great nation. We’re a nation of liberators. It’s time to reclaim that and to teach our children who we are, who they are, and that’s why my bill would say, ‘Listen: If a school district gets federal money, you’ve got to teach the basic truth about the country, [such as] the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration, [and] the Pledge of Allegiance. These are the things, the documents, that express the ideals that unite us as Americans. You’ve got to replace the lies with the truth, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”… (Excerpts from Americans for Limited Government)

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District of Columbia | July 21, 2021

Biden Education Department Says It Was an ‘Error’ to Push CRT Activist Handbook

District of Columbia | July 21, 2021

The White House said that it was a mistake to promote an activist handbook that included critical race theory (CRT) in schools.

“The Department does not endorse the recommendations of this group, nor do they reflect our policy positions,” the Department of Education (DOE) said in a statement, referring to a book from the Abolitionist Teaching Network called “Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning.”

The agency added that “it was an error in a lengthy document to include this citation.”

The Abolitionist Teaching Network’s Twitter, which uses jargon that’s heavily used by CRT proponents or individuals within the “antiracist” movement, describes itself as an activist group that promotes “liberation” for “Black, Brown, and Indigenous folx, inclusive of all intersecting identities.”…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | July 12, 2021

Heritage Battles Nation’s Largest Teachers Union on Critical Race Theory

District of Columbia | July 12, 2021

It’s not often you get singled out for attack in a resolution by one of the nation’s biggest unions. But in its zeal to shove critical race theory into schools, the National Education Association singled out The Heritage Foundation as “one of the well-funded organizations” that is committing “attacks on anti-racist teachers.” The resolution calls on the NEA to conduct “research” into Heritage and other such groups—a polite way of saying it plans to smear critics of CRT. Heritage responded, saying that “The nation’s largest teachers union is obsessed with smearing any criticism of critical race theory.” The NEA later scrubbed this resolution from its website, all of which got covered in multiple news outlets…

(Excerpts from the Heritage Foundation)

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District of Columbia | July 6, 2021

Mike Pompeo on Critical Race Theory, 1619 Project: ‘An Attempt to Divide the Country’

District of Columbia | July 6, 2021

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has weighed in on the national debate over the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) and The New York Times’s “1619 Project,” warning of what he called an attack on the “central understandings” of a history shared by all Americans.

Pompeo, in a July 4 radio appearance on New York City’s WABC 770 AM, was asked about his concerns and fears over America’s future. He replied that while the nation has been resilient to threats, “some of the things that are being taught in our schools” are what is particularly worrying him.

“If we teach that that somehow this founding of the United States of America was somehow flawed, it was corrupt, it was racist, that’s really dangerous,” he told “The Cats Roundtable” host John Catsimatidis. “It strikes at the … very foundations of our country. I certainly worry about that….

(Excerpts from The Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | July 6, 2021

Divisive critical race theory spits on the Civil Rights Movement

District of Columbia | July 6, 2021
– – Monday, July 5, 2021

The essence of critical race theory would teach my three bi-racial children that I, their Black father, am oppressed by America’s history of White supremacy and that their mother, my wife, is my oppressor.

But, what does that mean for my children? Does half of them qualify as oppressed, and the other half count as the oppressor? Unfortunately, the jury is still out on answering these obscure questions.

Critical race theory is divisive at its core. This movement to indoctrinate our children is the definition of reverse racism and spits in the face of the Civil Rights Movement led by American heroes such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr….

(Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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District of Columbia | July 6, 2021

Heritage Scholar Exposes Dangers of Critical Race Theory, Identity Politics

District of Columbia | July 6, 2021

Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez has crisscrossed the country to bring his research on critical race theory and identity politics to audiences eager to counter these left-wing ideas.

In the past year, Gonzalez has briefed lawmakers in Louisiana, spoken at major conservative conferences, and counseled parents how to fight back against the left’s indoctrination of their kids. He’s done it all while producing hard-hitting research and making numerous media appearances.

Gonzalez, the Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum senior fellow at Heritage, last year wrote the book, “The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free.” The timely and relevant book had so much demand that its publisher, Encounter Books, ordered a second printing as well as a new Spanish-language translation. …

(Excerpts from the Heritage Foundation)

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