Three Rhode Island representatives have proposed a bill to protect students in the state from what the legislators imagine, I suppose, what critical race theory or any of those other nasty anti-racist programs might be.
The three legislators are:
Rep. Patricia Morgan, who has also proposed that mail-in balloting be "tightened up," that the house condemn major tech companies "for their attack on the free speech rights of the American public," and that the house commemorate the life and career of Rush Limbaugh.
Rep. George Nardone, who has also proposed that charter schools be allowed to "engage in non-traditional approaches to learning," that ESAs be established in Rhode Island, and, well, he's on that Rush Limbaugh bus, too.
Rep. Sherry Roberts, who has also proposed the mail-in ballot thing, the Rush Limbaugh thing, and an act providing for the authorized taking of mushrooms from public lands.
Their bill is HB 6070, prohibiting the teaching of "divisive concepts."
The divisive concepts in question do not, it turns out, include issues such as whether or not the earth is flat, whether Han shot first, or whether Mary Ann is hotter than Ginger. Instead, the legislators are concerned that some naughty teacher might choose to teach--
1) One race or sex is inherently superior
2) Rhode Island and/or the US is "fundamentally racist or sexist"
3) An individual is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive by virtue of their race or sex (can I just point out that their use of "their" here is incorrect by traditional standards, but very much in line with the modern non-binary gender usage).
4) An individual should be discriminated against or be treated badly because of the race or sex
5) Members of one race or sex should not treat members of other races or sexes without respect
6) An individual's moral character is determined by their race or sex (they did it again)
7) An individual, by virtue of race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same group
8) An individual should feel "discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other psychological distress on account of their race or sex"
9) Meritocracy or traits such as hard work ethic are racist, or were created by one race to oppress another
10) Race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating. Complete with detailed description thereof.
Also,All state and municipal contracts, grants and training programs entered into after the effective date of this section shall include provisions banning the teaching of divisive concepts and shall prohibit making any individual feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of their race or sex.