Mississippi Governor Reeves signs bill targeting critical race theory

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Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed into law a bill this week that limits conversations about race in classrooms as the state continues to target teaching critical race theory in schools .

The measure, known as Senate Bill 2113, is titled “Critical Race Theory; Ban” and makes no further mention of the theory by name in the text of the bill.

Governor Tate Reeves speaks in Jackson, Mississippi, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
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Governor Tate Reeves speaks in Jackson, Mississippi, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
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The bill, signed into law on Tuesday, says no public institution should teach “that a sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin is inherently superior or inferior” or “that individuals should be treated as adversely on the basis of their gender, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.”

Announcing the signing of the measure on social media, Reeves said critical race theory is “running wild” in schools across America.

“This threatens the integrity of education and only aims to humiliate and indoctrinate,” he wrote in a tweet, which included a video message.

“I can almost guarantee what’s going to happen next,” Reeves said in the video after signing the bill. “First, proponents of critical race theory will claim that this law prohibits the teaching of history. They will claim that our children will learn nothing about important historical events, like slavery or the civil rights movement. . But we know the truth.”

“Contrary to what some critics may claim, this bill does not prohibit in any way, shape or form the teaching of history,” he added, noting that the state “does not don’t back down.”

The Mississippi State Flag displayed outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.

The Mississippi State Flag displayed outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Mississippi.
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Last November, Reeves released his Budget proposal for the financial year 2023 and recommended that the teaching of critical race theory be eliminated from taxpayer-funded schools.

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In a section of the budget proposal titled “Improving Education,” Reeves titled a section “Eliminating Critical Race Theory” and explained how he believed teaching was a “vicious lie.”

Opponents of the academic doctrine known as Critical Race Theory demonstrate outside the Loudoun County School Board headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia on June 22, 2021.

Opponents of the academic doctrine known as Critical Race Theory demonstrate outside the Loudoun County School Board headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia on June 22, 2021.
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“There has been a push by radical leftists across the country to teach children a vicious lie: that this country is inherently racist and that your skin color makes you inherently racist,” Reeves wrote in the proposal. “These two fundamental principles form the foundation of a philosophy known as Critical Race Theory. It is destructive for young children. It goes against the basic story.”

According to a July 2021 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau, African Americans make up 37.8% of Mississippi’s population.

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