The rejection by the states of “divisive concepts” in “Critical Race Theory” is now seen in yet another state’s proposed legislation: Louisiana.
Section 1. R.S. 17:2119 and 3996(B)(59) are hereby enacted to read as follows: §2119. Divisive concepts in education
- For purposes of this Section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
(1) “Divisive concepts” includes any of the following, in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Elementary and Secondary Education Actof 1965, as amended, and this Title:
(a) That one race or sex is inherently superior or inferior to another race or sex.
(b) That either the United States of America or the state of Louisiana is
(c) That an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, is inherently or systemically racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously, or has negative or positive characteristics that inhere in the individual’s DNA.
(d) That an individual should be discriminated against, favored, or receive differential treatment solely or partly because of the individual’s race or sex.
(e) That an individual of one race or sex should be treated disrespectfully regarding that individual’s race or sex.
(f) That an individual’s moral character is any way defined, described, or determined by the individual’s race or sex.
(g) That an individual, by virtue of the individual’s race or sex, bears responsibility or is to be held accountable for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.
(h) That any individual should feel or be made to feel discomfort, guilt,anguish, or any other form of psychological or emotional distress on account of that individual’s race or sex.
(i) That the concept of meritocracy or traits such as a strong work ethic are sex.
(j) That the concepts of capitalism, free markets, or working for a private party in exchange for wages are racist and sexist or oppress a given race or sex.
(k) That the concepts of racial equity and gender equity, meaning the unequal treatment of individuals because of their race, sex, or national origin, should be given preference in education and advocacy over the concepts of racial equality and gender equality, meaning the equal treatment of individuals regardless of their race, sex, or national origin. (l) Any form of race or sex scapegoating or race or sex stereotyping. For purposes of this Subparagraph:
(i) “Race or sex scapegoating” means assigning fault, blame, or bias to a race or sex or to members of a race or sex because of their race or sex or claiming that, consciously or unconsciously, and by virtue of a persons’ race or sex, members of any race are inherently racist or inherently inclined to oppress others or that members of a sex are inherently sexist or inherently inclined to oppress others.
(ii) “Race or sex stereotyping” means ascribing character traits, values, moral and ethical codes, privileges, status, or beliefs to a race or sex or to an individual because of the individual’s race or sex.
(2) “School” means any of the following:
(a) A public elementary or secondary school.
(b) A nonpublic elementary or secondary school that receives state funds.
(c) A public post secondary education institution.
(d) A nonpublic post secondary education institution that receives state funds.
Of note, this legislation does not consider physical or physiological difference between the biological sexes, which could come back to defeat many intentions, as it could pertain to separate locker rooms for girls and boys, for example.