Should Congress ban federal agencies from advancing policies or training related to race?

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Bill Summary

This bill would codify into law Executive Order 13950 (this executive order has since been revoked), which prohibited federal contractors from providing workplace diversity training programs to employees. The bill also prohibits federal funding to entities that, among other things, teach that the US is a fundamentally racist country and that individuals are inherently racist as a product of their race. Sponsor: Rep. Dan Bishop (Republican, North Carolina, District 9) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

     "Republicans have started to now use these laws curtailing Critical Race Theory curriculum, that's not even being taught in the first place, as a proxy to saying we can't teach anything about race in our schools beyond the most minimal, minimal facts." Source: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat, New York, District 14)

•     "Many that are condemning critical race theory haven’t read it or studied it intensely…This is largely predicated on fear: the fear of losing power and influence and privilege. The larger issue that this is all stemming from is a desire to deny the truth about America, about racism." Source: Jonathan Chism (Assistant Professor at the University of Houston–Downtown, Co-Editor of "Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines")

Proponents say

•    "Critical Race Theory (CRT) is nothing more than state-sanctioned racism. Why should this poisonous, neo-Marxist ideology be funded by the federal government? CRT simply has no place in America’s schools, institutions, or the military. I applaud Senator Tom Cotton for taking up the Stop CRT Act in the Senate as it will fully defund efforts to put CRT into practice at the federal level, setting the right tone for the rest of the nation." Source: Rep. Dan Bishop (Republican, North Carolina, District 9)

•    "CRT adherents believe America is systemically racist, racial oppression exists in every institution, and that an individual is either an oppressor or oppressed based on the color of their skin. They reject the idea that America has strived, for more than two centuries, to fully live up to the founding creed that all men are created equal and should be treated so under the law. If followed to its conclusion, CRT is destructive and advocates for the exact opposite—treating individuals differently based on the color of their skin." Source: Heritage Foundation