In the latest salvo against the controversial far-left movement known as critical race theory (CRT), Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) last week signed a bill that prevents local governmental bodies in his state from requiring workers to engage in “training or therapy that suggests an employee is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously,” as The Hill reports.
The measure was passed by the state House by a vote of 31-25, and the state Senate approved the bill by a margin of 16-12.
Ducey heralded the development on Friday, declaring, “I am not going to waste public dollars on lessons that imply the superiority of any race and hinder free speech. House Bill 2906 goes a long way towards protecting Arizonans against divisive and regressive lessons. …Here in Arizona, we’re going to continue to be leaders on civics education and teach important lessons about our nation’s history.”
The governor also noted that the bill’s enactment comes swiftly on the heels of House Bill 2898, signed just a week prior, which ensures that students in public schools “cannot be taught that once race, ethnic group, or sex is in any way superior to another, or that anyone should be discriminated against on the basis of these characteristics,” adding that the bill provides for fines of up to $5,000 for institutions that violate its provisions.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Lasko (R-AZ) also praised the outcome, saying on Twitter, “It’s great to see that @dougducey signed legislation into law to stop Critical Race Theory from infiltrating our schools and government entities! CRT advances a distorted version of history to divide our nation and dismantle our institutions. It has no place in Arizona.”
Arizona Republican Congressman Andy Biggs had a similar reaction, taking to social media to call the fact that CRT “is now prohibited across all government levels and public schools in the state of Arizona” something that represents “a HUGE win for all Arizonans,” and he also thanked members of the legislature for addressing the issue.
Republican state Representative Jake Hoffman celebrated the measure as well, saying, “This first in the nation legislation banning critical race theory at all levels of government makes Arizona the national leader in combating this divisive curriculum.” adding:
Arizona stands with Martin Luther King Jr.’s proclamation that people should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.
A host of other Republican-led states have recently introduced bills that would, as well-known CRT opponent and investigative journalist Chris Rufo explains, “prohibit public schools and state agencies from promoting race essentialism, collective guilt, and state-sanctioned racism.”
Hopefully, as the dangers of this pernicious form of progressive indoctrination continue to be exposed, even more legislatures will soon follow suit and join Arizona in rejecting it it in all forms.