July 14, 2021
For Immediate Release
Raleigh, NC - Today, the North Carolina State Senate announced legislation to address anti-discrimination in school curriculum.
The legislation does not permit public schools to compel students "to affirm or profess belief in" several discriminatory concepts, including:
- That one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex;
- An individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive;
- An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex;
- A meritocracy is inherently racist or sexist;
- Particular character traits, values, moral or ethical codes, privileges, or beliefs should be ascribed to a race or sex, or to an individual because of the individual's race or sex.
"Students must not be forced to adopt an ideology that is separate and distinct from history; an ideology that attacks 'the very foundations of the liberal order,' and that promotes 'present discrimination' – so long as it’s against the right people – as 'antiracist,'" said Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham.)
“Diversity should be celebrated, not weaponized through the harmful teachings of doctrines like Critical Race Theory (CRT)," said NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley. "North Carolina students deserve an education that promotes unity and academic achievement, not division.”