RALEIGH — Republican Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-08) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) have reintroduced measures to stop funding of Critical Race Theory in government agencies and military training.
The legislation being reintroduced are the Stop CRT Act and Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act.
“Critical Race Theory is a poison to the psyche of our nation. This destructive ideology has no place in America’s institutions, and the bills I’m introducing will help ensure that our government isn’t spending resources on promoting it,” said Bishop in a statement. “But President Biden and the radical Left are committed to pushing this neo-Marxist propaganda into our classrooms, places of work, and even the military. Legislators on every level must fight back against this insidious effort to undermine the truths about our nation’s founding with everything we’ve got.”
“Radical activism should have no place in our military’s training,” Cotton said in a statement. “American soldiers should learn how to kill our enemies, not anti-American ideology. This legislation will prevent Department of Defense bureaucrats from teaching woke ideology.”
The Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act seeks to “eradicate CRT concepts from the Armed Forces, including all military academies,” according to Bishop’s press release.
The Stop CRT Act would ban the use of federal funds from being used to promote, train or teach Critical Race Theory (CRT) in government agencies. The act would codify a 2020 executive order signed by former President Trump banning CRT training in federal agencies.
The Stop CRT Act bars the promotion of six CRT core beliefs:
Any race is inherently superior or inferior to any other race.
The United States is a fundamentally racist country.
The Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution are fundamentally racist documents.
An individual’s moral worth is determined by his or her race.
An individual, by virtue of his or her race, is inherently racist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
An individual, because of his or her race, bears responsibility for the actions committed by members of his or her race.
According to Bishop’s press release, the bills have dozens of Republican co-sponsors in the House.
The bills were previously introduced in May 2021, however, they did not advance under the then-Democratically controlled Congress. In response to a question from North State Journal on whether the legislation might advance under a Republican-majority House, Bishop said the “path bills [is] not yet clear, but possible.”