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The Senate passed an amendment preventing critical race theory in school curricula from being funded by federal dollars.
Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, put forth the legislation as part of the $3.5 trillion budget resolution that passed Wednesday. Though the amendment passed with a 50-49 vote, it is nonbinding and cannot legally be enforced.
"They want to teach our children that America is not a good nation, but a racist nation," Cotton said on the Senate floor Tuesday. "Those teachings are wrong, and our tax dollars should not support them."
Cotton introduced the Stop CRT Act in July to halt federal funding from being used to push critical race theory in K-12 classrooms. He posted a video of himself on the Senate floor defending his amendment and explaining why critical race theory is an "un-American ideology."
“My amendment will ensure that federal funds aren’t used to indoctrinate children as young as pre-K to hate America," he continued. “Our future depends on the next generation of kids loving America and loving each other as fellow citizens, no matter their race.”
BREAKING: The Senate has voted 50-49 to pass @SenTomCotton's amendment to prohibit federal funds from being used to promote critical race theory in K-12 schools.
The fight against CRT has gone national—and Sen. Cotton is leading the way.pic.twitter.com/6MpA8hDhpb
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) August 11, 2021
Critical race theory and other closely related ideologies hold that the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites. Critics claim it relegates all white people to the role of oppressors and all people of color to that of victims.
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Original Author: Matthew Miller