Republican Tom Cotton introduces legislation to prevent the US military from promoting critical racial theory
Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton has passed legislation to remove what he describes as “divisive” and “anti-American” ideas from military training.
Cotton’s bill introduced on Thursday comes amid a debate about how critical race theory, aka CRT, the US institutions, Yahoo! News reported
The US Navy has recommended that service personnel read books by high-profile “anti-racist” authors Robin DiAngelo, who wrote “White Fragility,” and Ibram Kendi.
Kendi’s book, How to be an Anti-racist, explicitly endorses discrimination as a way to counter systemic racism.
Recent media coverage has noted the spread of CRT ideas in schools.
Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton passed legislation to remove works promoting critical racial theory from military training
Cotton describes works by authors like Ibram Kendi above as ‘divisive’ and ‘anti-American’
Author Robin DiAngelo wrote ‘White Fragility’, a book also referred to by Cotton as ‘No Place in Our Army’
Cotton said the strength of the military depends on troop unit and their “knowledge that America is a noble nation worth fighting for.”
The legislation would specifically ban theories claiming that the US is’ a fundamentally racist country ‘or that'[a]One individual is inherently racist or oppressive, knowingly or unconsciously, by reason of his or her race. ‘
Critical race theory teaches that race is a person’s most important trait and that America is a bad, oppressive place. That idea may be fashionable in leftist circles and classrooms, but it has no place in our military, ”Cotton said.
“Not only will such racist ideas undermine our troops’ confidence in each other, they will also erode their confidence in our country’s guiding principles,” Cotton said. “The US military should not promote such divisive, un-American ideas.”
Ibram Kendi’s book, ‘How to be an Antiracist’, explicitly endorses discrimination as a way to counter systemic racism
‘Anti-Racist Baby’, a book by writer Ibram X. Kendi and illustrator Ashley Lukashevsky
The text of the bill states that the legislation should not be construed as a restriction on freedom of expression or as an obstacle for service personnel to access material advocating the theories.
The legislation could run into trouble in a Senate with a 50-50 split between Republicans and Democrats with independent allies. In the event of a tie, the casting vote is cast by Vice President Kamala Harris.
If the legislation passes, the measure would likely be rejected by President Joe Biden, who overruled former President Donald Trump’s ban on CRT training.
Republican representatives Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Vicky Hartzler of Missouri sent a letter to Admiral Michael Gilday on March 11 expressing concern about books on the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program reading list, Fox News reported
In addition to Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist,” the books they opposed include Michelle Alexander’s, “The New Jim Crow,” and Jason Pierceson’s “Sexual Minorities and Politics.”
All three books reinforce the view that America is a confederation of identity categories of the oppressed and their oppressors rather than a common homeland of individual citizens united by common goals and true to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and codified in the Constitution. . Lamborn and Hartzler said in their letter to Gilday.
Republican Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado, pictured, and Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, sent a letter to Admiral Michael Gilday on March 11 expressing concern about the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program’s reading list books
Republican Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri co-signed the letter opposing the inclusion of books on a Navy list, including Michelle Alexander’s, “ The New Jim Crow, ” and “ Sexual Minorities and Politics ” by Jason Pierceson