Resistance to Critical Race Theory (CRT), which seeks to divide by categorizing some people as victims and others as oppressors simply on the basis of their race, is gaining momentum.
The latest high-profile critic is South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who announced recently signing the “1776 pledge” that opposes the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.
“Teaching our children & grandchildren to hate their own country & pitting them against one another on the basis of race or sex is shameful & must be stopped,” Noem stated on Twitter on May 3.
The Republican added that she is “proud to be the 1st candidate in America to sign ‘The 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools.'” Noem is said to be considering a 2024 presidential run, but told local news outlets that “candidate” referred to her re-election campaign for governor next year.
Supporters of CRT say it examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law, but in fact it personally attacks many Americans as unconscious or closet racists even while they are taking the classes.
The 1776 Pledge was launched as an attempt to counter the discredited 1619 Project, which claims the true founding of America in was 1619 when the first African slaves arrived.
Noem argued that the 1776 Pledge asserts the “truth” about America”s history, “that we are fighting for freedom, not based on slavery.”
“Critical race theory is not appropriate for our kids to learn, and to have in our school systems,” Noem told FOX News.