Democrats REFUSE Republican bid to ban military from teaching critical race theory in National Defense Authorization Act negotiations
- Democrats Rejected Multiple Republicans Attempts To Ban The Military From Teaching Critical Race Theory
- The budget to fund the Pentagon has been voted in a 16-hour hearing
- Critical Race Theory shows how historical inequality and racism have become ingrained in institutions and society
- It has become a controversial topic among educators
Democrats rejected multiple attempts by Republicans to ban the military from teaching critical race theory when they voted down three amendments in a marathon committee hearing Wednesday about the budget to fund the Pentagon.
Conservative MPs Jim Banks, Mark Green and Vicky Hartzler offered their own amendments to ban the doctrine, which stresses how historical inequality and racism have become ingrained in institutions and society; and so they continue to shape public policy and social conditions today.
“This amendment says you cannot push an ideology in the military or teach an ideology in our academies that says that one race is superior or inferior to another race, or that people are responsible for the actions of other members of their race, Banks said as he introduced his amendment.
Democrats, who hold the majority in the House Armed Services Committee, voted down all three amendments.
Republican Rep. Jim Banks filed an amendment to ban teaching critical race theory in military academies, but Democrats voted it down
It was one of several Republican amendments shot down by Democrats during the nearly 16-hour hearing that debated the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which funds the military.
Democrats also killed an amendment by Republican Rep. Michael Waltz from Florida that allegedly stated that Congress “has lost confidence in President Biden’s ability to discharge his duties as Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces.”
“I believe this president has failed,” Waltz said.
Democrats defended the president.
“The idea that the only thing that has gone wrong in Afghanistan is what President Biden has done for the past six or seven months is not right,” said Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
The NDAA was eventually approved by the committee, paving the way for a $740 billion budget for the Pentagon next year.
Critical Race Theory has become a major focus of school curricula over the past year amid the nationwide racial justice bill following the murder of George Floyd.
Conservatives argue that students are being taught a distorted version of American history, while supporters of critical race theory say it is vital to understand how race affects society in order to eradicate racism.
It has strongly divided public opinion.
A Public Opinion Strategies poll in early June found that critical race theory is viewed negatively by voters by a margin of 50 percent negative to 42 percent positive.
The amendments emerged during the nearly 16-hour hearing that debated the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA; top House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith Blasts Hearing To End
The House Armed Services Committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act, paving the way for a $740 billion budget for the Pentagon next year.
President Joe Biden has also expressed his support for it.
In June, he signed an executive order requiring all federal agencies to provide more on-the-job training on “systemic and institutional racism” and “implicit and unconscious bias.”
While his order did not name critical race theory, it instructed agency leaders to provide greater access to training that includes many of the ideas outlined in that theory.
Biden previously overturned a previous executive order from then-President Donald Trump banning any diversity training in the federal government based on critical race theory.
Critical Race Theory: From Obscure Academic Concept to the Front Lines of America’s ‘Culture Wars’
Critical Race Theory (CRT) exploded in the spring when it began showing up in classrooms from kindergarten to grade 12, leading to several bans, including in Florida and Texas, but it has been taught in higher education for decades.
It is an offshoot of the Marxist ideology Critical Theory, by Herbert Marcuse and Erich Fromm, who argued that there are power structures that ‘enslave’ the minds of the oppressed in society.
CRT teaches that racism is not the result of nature or biology, but that it is a social construct, an idea invented to exploit and control minorities.
It argues that racism is a structural problem in the United States, particularly toward black people, enshrined in its institutions, the legal system, and even the constitution.
The theory has sparked fierce national debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests across the country over the past year and the introduction of the 1619 project.
Published in 2019 by the New York Times to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, the 1619 Project reframes American history through “the impact of slavery and the contributions of black Americans to the center of the US. story’.
The debate surrounding the critical race theory concerns concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Opponents of the critical race theory have argued that it reduces people to categories of “privileged” or “oppressed” based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism as it examines the ways in which race affects American politics, culture and the law.