In a video announcing the signing of the bill, Reeves called out the “the radical Left and the media” for spreading “misinformation on this issue.”
“Students are being force-fed an unhealthy dose of progressive fundamentalism that runs counter to the principles of America’s founding,” Reeves said. “Children are dragged to the front of the classroom and are coerced to declare themselves as oppressors, taught that they should feel guilty because of the color of their skin or that they are inherently a victim because of their race.”
“I know you’ll agree with me when I say that there is no room for this type of indoctrination in our state,” he continued. “[The bill] states that no student will be forced to affirm that ‘any sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin is inherently superior or inferior.'”
Critical race theory has been a major flashpoint over the last year due to its presence in public school curriculum. The theory posits that American institutions and culture are systemically racist and oppressive to racial minorities.
Progressive activists and Democratic politicians have repeatedly insisted that the theory is only taught in law school and is not present in K-12 instruction despite substantial evidence to the contrary. The theory is often taught to teachers and staffs in professional development programs that instruct teachers to incorporate aspects of the theory into classroom instruction.