Heritage Action Supports The Stop CRT Act

Blog Articles · Jul 14, 2021

Legislative Endorsement: Heritage Action Supports The Stop CRT Act

In response to the Left’s unending push to indoctrinate and compel adherence to critical race theory in schools, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) is introducing the Stop CRT Act, a companion to H.R. 3179, introduced by Congressman Dan Bishop (R-North Carolina). This legislation codifies President Trump’s executive order to prevent federal agencies and contractors from using CRT training. It also restricts federal education funding from going to schools that compel educators and students to adhere to or affirm CRT assertions in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Critical race theory (CRT), a radical academic theory, has slowly and methodically worked its way into American society, infecting our education system, workplace, military, and everything in between. 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.

This dangerous and discriminatory worldview is being forcefully pushed in the classroom and threatens the social fabric that binds this great nation. For example, one school district in New York applied CRT to their “Emancipation Curriculum,” which told children that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism.” In Louisiana, the Orleans Parish school board recently adopted a resolution that says “our country’s racist history” is “still pervasive in today’s systems” and calls our nation “an unjust systemic racist America.” Rather than following the Civil Rights Act, these policies openly reject equal treatment and instead divide Americans along racial lines.

If followed to its conclusion, CRT is destructive and advocates for an America where citizens should not receive equal protection under the law. Every member of Congress should reject this poison in our schools and redouble their efforts to ensure no student is required to affirm belief in this racist doctrine.

Heritage Action encourages all Members to cosponsor the Stop CRT Act.