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Alabama’s board of education passes ban on critical race theory ideology

Public schools in Alabama will be unable to teach lessons referencing critical race theory ideologies, as the resolution bans “concepts that impute fault, blame, a tendency to oppress others, or the need to feel guilt or anguish to persons solely because of their race or sex.”

Similar to a measure passed in Florida, the Alabama resolution does not explicitly name critical race theory.

Critical race theory and other closely related ideologies argue the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between white and nonwhite people. Critics claim it delegates all white people to the role of oppressors and all people of color to victims.

 “The preservation of intellectual freedom and non-discrimination in Alabama’s public schools” was passed 7-2 along party lines.

Republicans on the board approved language that opposed teaching “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.”

Following the ban, the Alabama Board of Education “will not support, or impart, any K-12 public education resources or standards intended to indoctrinate students in social or political ideologies that promote one race or sex above another.”

The ban was placed in the state’s administrative code, and local school boards can take “punitive measures” against school staff and faculty who do not follow it.

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