Former Trump aide Sanders defends critical race theory ban as Arkansas governor
Arkansas’s new Republican governor, Sarah Sanders, said the decision to ban critical racial teaching in public schools in her state was a preventative measure.
“It’s extremely important that we do things to protect our state’s students,” she told Fox News on Sunday. “We have to make sure that we don’t indoctrinate our children and that these policies and ideas never see the light of day.”
Daughter of former Governor Mike Huckabee, Sanders is the first woman to govern Arkansas.
She is also a graduate of the Trump White House, where she was the second of four press officers.
Sanders made headlines this week as she began her first term with a series of executive orders.
One focused on critical race theory, an academic discipline that examines how racism operates in American law and society. Republicans in the United States have successfully used the CRT as an election problem despite it not being taught in most public schools.
Another Sanders order banned the use in state documents of “Latinx,” defined by one expert supporter as “a gender-neutral term to describe U.S. residents of Latino descent.”
Such overarching tricks—”fashionable executive orders that looked like something big, but really weren’t,” according to an Arkansas Democrat Gazette columnist—have garnered national attention.
On Sunday, echoing Republican language in other anti-CRT campaigns, often fueled by anger over the 1619 Project, a New York Times series that puts U.S. history in the light of the history of slavery, urged Sanders insists: “We should never teach our children to hate. America or that America is a racist and perverted country [when] in fact it should be the exact opposite.
While Axios and other outlets responded to Sanders’ CRT order by noting that CRT was not being taught in Arkansas schools, Huckabee said, “Our job is to protect students and we will take action every day to make sure that we do exactly that.
“And that is why I signed the decree. I am proud that we are taking these steps and will continue to do so every day that I am in office.
Sanders host Shannon Bream asked if teachers in Arkansas could “still have awkward conversations about the sins of our past, about the things this country had done wrong.”
Sanders said: “Our teachers should absolutely teach our history, but they shouldn’t be instilling ideas in our children and students to hate this country and give a false premise about who we are and what we are. And that’s something we need to protect our students from. »
Speaking to Axios this week, Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said, “Much of the debate around critical race theory is as much a distraction as it is a strategy.”
Johnson said the NAACP believes “accurate history is the history to be taught.”
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