Oklahoma governor booted from commission after banning critical race theory

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has been kicked off a commission marking the one hundredth anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre after he banned critical race theory from faculties.

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commissioners known as a particular assembly final week and “agreed through consensus to part ways with Governor Stitt,” the commission stated in a press release.

The commission’s director, Phil Armstrong, had on Tuesday written to the Republican governor ripping him for signing House Bill 1775 into regulation, prohibiting critical race theory from being taught in Oklahoma faculties.

Armstrong claimed the GOP-backed invoice “chills the ability of educators to teach … and will only serve to intimidate educators who seek to reveal and process our hidden history.”

Stitt was instructed his “signature on the bill at this critical time when Oklahoma should embrace its history is diametrically opposite to the mission of the Centennial Commission and reflects your desire to end your affiliation.”

He was instructed {that a} lack of response to the letter can be taken “as a further disavowal of the stated goals of the Centennial Commission and an official resignation from its membership.”

Phil Armstrong.
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission director Phil Armstrong ripped Gov. Kevin Stitt for banning critical race theory from being taught in Oklahoma faculties.
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The commission was shaped to mark the 100-year anniversary of the bloodbath by a white mob that burned 30 blocks of black-owned companies, houses and church buildings in an space often known as “Black Wall Street.” An estimated 300 individuals have been killed and 800 others wounded.

Stitt’s function within the commission “has been purely ceremonial” and he’d not been invited to attend earlier conferences, his spokeswoman, Carly Atchison, stated in a press release.

“It is disappointing to see an organization of such importance spend so much effort to sow division based on falsehoods and political rhetoric two weeks before the centennial and a month before the commission is scheduled to sunset,” her assertion stated.

An African-American man with a camera looking at the skeletons of iron beds which rise above the ashes of a burned-out block after the Tulsa Race Massacre.
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre resulted in 300 individuals killed and greater than 800 wounded.
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Another member of the commission, state Rep. Monroe Nichols, had resigned from the panel Tuesday over Stitt’s signing of the invoice, saying it “cast an ugly shadow on the phenomenal work done over the last five years.”

“Proud of the 1921 Race Massacre Commission! Removing the governor is no small deal,” Nichols tweeted after Stitt was booted.

Critical race theory has change into controversial for suggesting that persons are inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether or not consciously or unconsciously, by advantage of his or her race or intercourse.

Rep. Kevin West, one of many authors of House Bill 1775, beforehand insisted to 2 News Oklahoma that it doesn’t “stop the teaching of history or anything currently in our Oklahoma education standards, including curriculum that shows historical examples of racism or genocide.”

A group of National Guard Troops, carrying rifles with bayonets attached, escort unarmed African-American men to the detention center at Convention Hall after the Tulsa Race Massacre.
The commission marks the 100-year anniversary of the bloodbath by a white mob that burned 30 blocks of black-owned companies, houses and church buildings.
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“This bill simply says that teachers can’t force a student to answer that they are inherently racist or sexist or that they must feel personally responsible for things perpetrated in the past by people of a similar race or gender,” he stated.

Co-author Rep. Sean Roberts stated that “the last thing our students need is to learn divisive rhetoric not based in fact.”

“We should be teaching the fundamental equality that is part of the American ideal, not teaching kids that by virtue of their race or sex they bear some sort of responsibility for past atrocities,” Roberts instructed the station.

With Post wires

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