ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Maryland (FOX 5 DC) – A big debate is expected to take place Monday night at Anne Arundel’s County Council meeting in Annapolis as a conservative council member pushes new legislation to define “discrimination” that could block county funding for programs like the critical theory of race.
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Nathan Volke says Anne Arundel County needs to clearly define what “discrimination” means and cites critical race theory as an example of discrimination.
Volke told FOX 5 his bill would block funds for any discriminatory program, not just critical race theory.
âSometimes the ideas associated with critical race theory can be discriminatory and are not positive for the future of our country,â Volke said. “So at the end of the day that’s where I think these people are hanging on to those who oppose it and say, ‘This is an anti-critical racial theory bill. “. This is not the case. When you read the bill, it is a non-discrimination measure. “
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Critical Race Theory is a political flashpoint in local governments and school boards that aims to reinterpret racial history in the United States with a central view that all institutions are inherently racist.
Volke’s bill is being fought by civil rights groups in Anne Arundel County who tell FOX 5 it is divisive, inflammatory, misinformed and seeks to suppress a broader understanding of racism.
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“He tells us he has a bill that is supposed to be designed to bring people together when he does the exact opposite,” said Carl Snowden of the Anne Arundel Caucus of African American Leaders. “So groups ranging from the Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce to the NAACP oppose this legislation.”
Anne Arundel County Public Schools have said critical race theory is not part of their curriculum and they are concerned that the wording of this bill will interfere with the independence of public schools.
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There will be public comment at Monday’s board meeting. It appears that the bill is not approved by the council.