Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz introduced legislation Friday that would prevent any federal funds from going to an agency that teaches critical race theory (CRT) in workplace training.
“The federal government has no right to force a political agenda onto Americans, especially one that aims to tear down our institutions and divide us based on race,” Cruz said in a statement. “[CRT] originated out of the critical race studies movement. It is a Marxist ideology that sees the world as a battle, not between the classes – as classical Marxism does – but between the races.”
CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies. (RELATED: Where Did Critical Race Theory Get Its Start?)
“This is inherently bigoted,” the statement continued.
Critical Race Theory is bigoted and it is based on a mountain of lies. https://t.co/8IuSaqAsnS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 25, 2021
Former President Donald Trump signed an executive order in September banning federal agencies from promoting or training employees about concepts that hold “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex” or that the U.S. “is fundamentally racist or sexist,” among other things.
The order also said diversity and inclusion efforts in federal agencies must encourage employees to not “judge each other by their color, race, ethnicity, sex, or any other characteristic protected by Federal Law.”
Upon taking office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order called, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through The Federal Government;” it forced all agencies within 60 days to “terminate or restrict contracts or grants pursuant to [Trump’s September executive order].”
Cruz’s legislation would restrict “executive agencies from acting against President Trump’s initial executive order.”
“On President Biden’s first day in office, he rescinded the Trump administration’s commonsense executive order ensuring no government funding goes to anti-American or racist and sexist training, like CRT, in the workplace,” Cruz said. “President Biden’s decision was unsurprising but shows the Democratic Party will stop at nothing to indoctrinate Americans.”
Republican Utah Rep. Burgess Owens introduced a similar piece of legislation in the House in May, which was first reported by the Daily Caller.