Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson and Senate Leader Phil Berger highlight concerns about the role of critical race theory in another large North Carolina public school system.
The two main Republican elected officials issued a statement Friday questioning a vote this week by Durham City Council. A unanimous council approved a resolution supporting the use of critical race theory in public schools.
Robinson and Berger’s press release comes two days after they raised questions about CRT at schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
“Durham City Council calls on our state and federal officials to… work to ensure that black history and critical race theory are included in the public school education of our students,” the resolution read.
“I don’t know of anyone who is opposed to teaching our country’s racial history, but that’s not all the followers of this dangerous doctrine are advocating,” Berger, R-Rockingham, said in the communicated. “They teach that ‘current discrimination’ is necessary and that a ‘post-racial’ society is ‘the most sophisticated racist idea ever produced.’ These are extreme and dangerous concepts.
“The idea that a post-racial society is in fact racist is at odds with the idea that people will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” Berger added.
Robinson also addressed the Durham City Council vote. “The dark parts of our history should be taught in schools, but they should be taught the way we overcame things like slavery and Jim Crow,” the lieutenant governor said. “Now we see one of the largest school districts in our state pushing for a resolution to include Critical Race Theory in North Carolina education. CRT is not about equality; CRT is all about teaching students that because of the color of your skin you are either oppressed or an oppressor. Pushing students towards this ideology will lead us to a divided and unjust future. “
Robinson and Berger drew attention earlier this week to the Charlotte school system by paying $ 25,000 for a virtual presentation by one of CRT’s main promoters: Ibram X. Kendi.
“Kendi campaigns for racial discrimination,” according to the latest press release from Robinson and Berger. “He wrote: ‘The only cure for past discrimination is current discrimination. The only remedy for current discrimination is future discrimination.
“This is not a footnote on a school curriculum’s consideration of America’s racial past,” the statement continued. “It’s one of the largest school districts in the state that embraces a discriminatory ideology that basically classifies children (and all of society) based on race. “