Gov. Kristi Noem Drafts Bill To Ban CRT in South Dakota Schools, Colleges

In the ongoing conversation about banning critical race theory, South Dakota decided to join the party. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has drafted a bill that would prohibit teaching the subject in schools, public universities and technical colleges, according to the Associated Press

According to Britannica, critical race theory is an “intellectual and social movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of colour.” 

Education officials in South Dakota have said that CRT is not part of the curriculum in K-12 schools and colleges. 

In Noem’s bill, the teaching of the subject is prohibited on the grounds that no one should be compelled to affirm “1) That any race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior; or 2) That individuals should be adversely treated or feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, or national origin; or 3) That individuals, by virtue of race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, or national origin, are inherently responsible for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, or national origin.” 

Additionally, she adds that CRT teaches a divisive and false message. 

In opposition to the bill is the ACLU of South Dakota, which says the bill could repress American history discussions and that the decision on curriculums should be left up to local school districts, according to the Associated Press.