Wisconsin Senate to Pass Critical Race Theory Ban | Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin public schools would be banned from teaching students and training employees on concepts like systemic racism and implicit bias under a Republican bill the state Senate was set to send Governor Tony Evers on Tuesday.

Democratic Evers will almost certainly veto the measure, which the GOP-controlled Assembly passed in a party-line vote in September. The measure has no Democratic co-sponsors, but they don’t have the votes to stop it in the Legislature. Republicans do not have the votes to override Evers’ expected veto.

Wisconsin’s proposal follows a nationwide trend of Republican-controlled legislatures seeking to counter certain ideas they associate with “critical race theory,” a framework legal scholars developed in the 1970s and 1980s that focuses on the idea that racism is systemic in the institutions of the country and serves to maintain the dominance of whites in society.

The Wisconsin bill would prohibit teaching that one race or sex is superior to another, that a person is inherently racist or sexist because of their race or sex, and that the moral character of a person is not determined by race or sex. It would also prohibit teaching that a person should feel guilty for past acts committed by people of their race or gender and that systems based on meritocracy are racist or sexist, or designed to oppress people of another race.

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