North Dakota vs. Critical Race Theory

The state of North Dakota has not only introduced, but passed into law, legislation that explicitly bans the teaching of Critical Race Theory, by name, as fact.

     The law reads, in full (bold and underline in original):

A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 15.1-21 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to prohibiting the teaching of critical race theory in public schools; and to provide an effective date.


             SECTION 1. A new section to chapter 15.1-21 of the North Dakota Century Code is created and enacted as follows:

            Curriculum – Critical race theory – Prohibited.

Each school district and public school shall ensure instruction of its curriculum is factual, objective, and aligned to the kindergarten through grade twelve state content standards. A school district or public school may not include instruction relating to critical race theory in any portion of the district’s required curriculum under sections 15.1 – 21 – 01 or 15.1 – 21 – 02, or any other curriculum offered by the district or school. For purposes of this section, “critical race theory” means the theory that racism is not merely the product of learned individual bias or prejudice, but that racism is systemically embedded in American society and the American legal system to facilitate racial inequality. The superintendent of public instruction may adopt rules to govern this section.

            SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act becomes effective upon its filing with the secretary of state

     A challenge to this law would entail the courts hashing out exactly what Critical Race Theory is. On one hand, it would allow people such as James Lindsay to fully and accurately explain this evil. On the other hand, it would give an opportunity for idiot politicians and talking heads to rant incoherently and allow mainstream media to lie about it.

     The bill, as engrossed, can be found here or read below:

North Dakoka HB 1508 (2021) by ThePoliticalHat

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