TULSA — The Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission sent Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt a letter asking him to veto the critical race theory bill.
“If this bill becomes law it will have serious implications on teaching the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in schools, as well as much of the history of the U.S. which is rife with racism, sexism and discomfort,” said Phil Armstrong, project director of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission
The bill would prohibit public school teachers from teaching certain concepts of race and racism.
“Students are being taught that because they’re a certain race or sex, they’re inherently superior to others or should feel guilty for something that happened in the past,” said Rep. Kevin West, a Moore Republican who sponsored the bill.
Among the concepts that would be prohibited are that individuals, by virtue of race or gender, are inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
Some Republicans expressed concerns that public school children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Democrats said the bill was a waste of time and addressed a non-existent problem.