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Utah GOP governing body passes resolution to ban teaching CRT in schools

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The governing body of the state Republican Party is on the record this weekend to prohibit the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Utah schools. (Photo: KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) – The governing body of the state Republican Party is on the record this weekend to prohibit the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Utah schools.

Members of the Republican State Central Committee overwhelmingly passed a resolution Saturday saying CRT "establishes the false premise that America has been and always will be a systemically racist nation."

CRT is designed to further divide Americans by indoctrinating young students into being ashamed of their race and or being a victim because of their race...and advancing an ideology of hate.

The central committee further called on the Legislature to pass, and Governor Cox to sign legislation banning Critical Race Theory and "alike concepts" before the next school year.

Lex Scott, head of Utah Black Lives Matter, told 2News last month when lawmakers first began talking about a ban, Critical Race Theory was nothing to fear.

It's basically learning about the connection between race, racism and systemic oppression of marginalized groups," she said. "If black children are old enough to experience racism, white children are old enough to learn about it.

Some also maintained CRT is not being taught in K-12 now, and Democrats in the Utah House walked off the floor at the start of the debate over Critical Race Theory in an "extraordinary special session."

Republican representatives then unanimously passed a resolution directing the Utah State Board of Education to study how to teach about race in schools---and report back.

Governor Cox has said CRT does not belong in K-12, but is fine with teaching it in Utah colleges and universities.

University of Utah political science professor Matthew Burbank said he teaches some CRT concepts in a class on voting, elections, and public opinion---but said it's only one idea among many---and that "there are lots of other ways" to talk about race.

A member of a group called Utah Parents United (UPU) said the organization has collected 100 "testimonials" from parents in more than a dozen school districts, expressing concerns about curriculum over race in Utah schools.

Those statements, according to the UPU member, have been submitted to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Sydnee Dickson.

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