The highest-ranking prosecutor in the state of Montana has declared Critical Race Theory to be a violation of state and federal law, and has banned the far-left theory in Montana’s schools, as reported by ABC News.
Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R-Mont.) made his announcement on Thursday, after he was asked for his opinion by the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Erise Arntzen (R-Mont.). His declaration bans the concept not only from Montana’s schools, but from employee training as well.
The far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a statement criticizing Knudsen’s decision, falsely accusing him of attempting to “impose an alternate version of American history – one that erases the legacy of discrimination and lived experiences of black and brown people.”
“Our country needs to acknowledge its history of systemic racism with the present-day impacts of racial discrimination,” the ACLU statement falsely claimed. “This includes being able to teach and talk about these concepts in our schools.”
Similarly, a spokesperson for the Montana Federation of Public Employees, a union that represents both government workers and public school teachers, claimed that the ban was aiming to “politicize school curriculum.”
Knudsen’s decision ultimately bans a number of practices from the public sector, including schools. With regards to education, teachers in Montana are now forbidden from giving students different grades based solely on their race, as well as forcing students to admit to “privilege” as a result of their race, and prohibits the mandating of “training” that includes lectures on privilege and racism.
“Committing racial discrimination in the name of ending racial discrimination is both illogical and illegal,” Knudsen said in his announcement of the ban. “Montana law does not tolerate schools, other government entities, or employers implementing CRT and antiracist programming in a way that treats individuals differently on the basis of race or that creates a racially hostile environment.”
Critical Race Theory is the far-left and widely-debunked conspiracy theory, not supported by historical fact, which claims that the United States of America was built on slavery and other forms of racial discrimination, and is thus a fundamentally racist country. The theory also baselessly claims that all White people are automatically racist and carry inherent privilege due to their skin color, and thus deserve to be treated more poorly at a societal and institutional level, as a form of “payback” for past historical events.