No race is superior to others? Black Mississippi lawmakers disagree and walk out

Mississippi Senate Chamber

Not teaching children “that any sex, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin is inherently superior or inferior” to another. Weren’t we all done with that? Hadn’t that become too obvious to even need saying?

Apparently in not. In Mississippi, all 14 black state senators – each and every one a Democrat – recently walked out before having to vote on a bill that forbids teaching students at public schools this simple creed, as reported by Mississippi Today.

The disgraceful display on Jan. 21 stemmed from a standoff in the state legislature over whether Critical Race Theory (CRT), a leftist outrage-du-jour which claims that U.S. institutions are infected with built-in racism and white supremacy, is even actually taught in Mississippi schools.

“Have you identified one teacher, one school district where this is happening?” asked Democrat Senate Minority Leader Derrick Simmons.

Republican Senator Michael McLendon admitted on the Senate floor that he had not heard of any schools teaching students that they were inferior or superior by virtue of their race, but said that an overwhelming number of constituents had raised concerns with him about the doctrine being taught elsewhere in the country. Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Florida, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Tennessee have already banned the teaching of Critical Race Theory, according to Newsweek, while Democrats continue to claim it is not actually being taught anywhere.

The bill, which seeks to ban CRT teaching, later passed 32-2. It now goes to the Mississippi state House for approval.

Simmons continued on Jan. 21 to question whether CRT was actually being taught in Mississippi, and finally requested a roll call, which led all 14 black lawmakers walking out of the chamber before a vote could be held.

Republicans have a supermajority in the state legislature and do not need a single Democratic vote to pass legislation. Senators David Blount and Hob Bryan, both White, were the only two legislators who ended up voting against the bill.

Simmons called the bill “vague” in a statement, saying cryptically: “We felt it was unfair to have such a bill introduced or passed as it really demeans a large segment of our population.”


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