A school district in Colorado Springs, Colorado, banned critical race theory from being taught in schools after a 3-2 board vote.
The vote came after a debate on Aug. 12 between parents in District 49.
Critical race theory and other closely related ideologies argue the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between white and nonwhite people. Critics claim it delegates all white people to the role of oppressors and all people of color to victims.
One parent argued that "CRT indoctrinates our children into racism."
Some defended the teaching of critical race theory, saying that disallowing its teaching ignores history.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– The District 49 Board of Education has voted to ban the teaching of critical race theory in all district schools.
John Graham, Ivy Liu and Rick Van Wieren voted yea.
Kevin Butcher and Dave Cruson voted nay.https://t.co/VcOZyFq2ai
— FOX21 News (@FOX21News) August 13, 2021
Nothing at the state level mandates the teaching of critical race theory in Colorado's schools, leading some to suggest the district's ban is a moot point.
Spending time on the critical race theory resolution might have cost time spent on other important district and diversity issues, said the school district's operations officer Pedro Almeida.
"I think we are making a strong statement against CRT, but it will come at a cost that can affect us for years to come," he said.
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