United States Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri introduced a bill on Monday to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools and strip educational institutions of federal funding if students are taught that the roots of American institutions were founded on principles of white supremacy.
Hawley infamously stood in solidarity with the mob that former President Donald Trump deployed to overthrow the government during the Capitol insurrection on January 6th.
The Love America Act states:
Since the founding of the United States, the institutions of the United States of America have set the worldwide standard for promoting democracy, freedom, liberty, and virtue.
Increasingly, students across the country are being taught misinformation, including that the principles of the founding of the United States were lies from the start, that the core institutions of the United States are fundamentally racist and designed to propagate racism, and that it is acceptable to impute guilt to present-day individuals based on the color of their skin, rather than the content of their character. The best antidote to misinformation is the truth, which is reflected in the documents relating to the founding of the United States and other artifacts of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
It is the policy of the United States that students in elementary and secondary school should learn the truth about the history and documents relating to the founding of the United States, which express the principles that unite the people of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Pledge of Allegiance.
RESTRICTION ON FEDERAL FUNDS FOR TEACH10 ING THAT CERTAIN DOCUMENTS ARE PRODUCTS OF 1WHITE SUPREMACY OR RACISM.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds shall be provided to an educational agency or school that teaches that the Pledge of Allegiance, the Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution of the United States is a product of white supremacy or racism.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit any right of students guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The legislation makes no mention of slavery or the century of Jim Crow following the end of the Civil War.
In a statement, Hawley defended his attempt to whitewash history, referring to critical race theory as “poisonous” and “a lie” that misleads students into believing that American history is “systemically racist,” despite all of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
“Over the past year, Americans have watched stunned as a radical ideology spread through our country’s elite institutions—one that teaches America is an irredeemably racist nation founded by white supremacists. Now it has found its way into our children’s schools. We cannot afford for our children to lose faith in the noble ideals this country was founded on. We have to make sure that our children understand what makes this country great, the ideals of hope and promise our Founding Fathers fought for, and the love of country that unites us all,” Hawley said in a press release.
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