Oklahoma City – In what will be seen as the most significant blow to the Godless, corrupt, anti-liberty Critical Race Theory that is polluting the school and universities throughout the Sooner State, HB 1775, co-authored in the Senate by Senators Rob Standridge (R-Norman) and David Bullard (R-Durant), passed the Senate late last night by a vote of 38-9. Oklahoma can be among the first, if not the first, State legislatures to pass such a measure if the House approves the bill next week. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis previously banned CRT in Florida curriculum.
The bill outlaws “any orientation or requirement that presents any form of race or sex stereotyping or bias on the basis of race or sex. It also “prohibits a teacher, administrator or other employee of a school district, charter school or virtual charter school from requiring or making part of a course certain concepts, including one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.”
The measure does more than outlaw CRT from being taught in school, it also “prohibits an enrolled student in an institution within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education from being required to engage in any form of mandatory gender or sexual diversity training or counseling.”
The measure was written, in part, in direct response to the Norman public schools requiring their school personnel to focus on a version of “equity” in education through the lens of Critical Race Theory. In an article written by the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs (OCPA), Stephanie Williams, the executive director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Norman Public Schools stated, “When you look at multicultural education, that concerns itself with exposing privileged students to multiple perspectives and other cultures. For students of color … the focus is on seeing themselves reflected in the curriculum.”
In a slide presentation during a recent professional development training for Norman Public School teachers entitled “Teaching for Equity”, Norman school staff were taught that, ‘The actions of an accomplice [in promoting equity] are meant to directly challenge institutionalized racism, colonization and white supremacy by blocking or impeding racist people, policies and structures.'”
The slide presentation goes on to define an accomplice as someone who is, “informed by, directed and often coordinated with leaders who are black, brown-first nations/indigenous people, and/or people of color.” According to Williams, being and accomplice means being, “a disruptor and educator in spaces dominated by Whiteness,” though it was careful to point out that, “Being an ally is not an invitation to be in Black and Brown spaces to gain brownie points, lead, take over, or explain.”
In other words, being an “accomplice” means being an overt racist along the lines of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
In a press release applauding the passage of HB 1775, Senator Standridge stated, “I would like to thank my Senate friends for the passage of House Bill 1775. I am honored to be a coauthor on this desperately needed legislation in the face of the highly inappropriate and racist training going on in Oklahoma schools today. It’s happening in the schools in my hometown of Norman, where teacher training, using terms like ‘whiteness,’ ‘institutionalized racism,’ and ‘white supremacy,’ are leading children to judge each other more by the color of their skin than the content of their character—the exact opposite of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream.”
Standridge continued, “I encourage every parent to make certain their schools are not making some students feel that, solely based on the color of their skin, they are naturally racist, they are inferior or superior, or in any way anything but equal to any other student. The state and every public institution in Oklahoma, including schools, should promote that every single child’s life and education matters equally, and that no child is less or more based on the color of their skin. No single school in this state should use their control and influence over the impressionable minds of young children to inject racist and sexist ideologies.”
This country was not founded on the notion of equality of outcomes. It was founded on equality of opportunity, and upon the belief that each man or woman has the inalienable right given by God to enjoy the fruits of their labor. While we have not been a perfect country, and have had periods of time when even that freedom of opportunity did not exist, we are the only country in the history of Western civilization to have fought a war with itself to restore those equities.
That is part of the American Exceptionalism that deserves to be taught in our schools, not Critical Race Theory. Thanks to Senators Standridge and Bullard, our students are one step closer to being free of this Marxist indoctrination that threatens the very fabric of our nation and once again can be taught what makes this country great.
Now that the bill heads back to the House for final approval, it is incumbent upon all liberty-loving Oklahomans to call their Legislators and ask them to support the measure as written. Don’t just call your legislator, call and email every single one of them. Let it be crystal clear that this Marxist takeover of our public schools will not be tolerated in Oklahoma. The future of our republic is at stake.