Cruz Introduces Bill to Block Taxpayer Funding of Critical Race Theory
Texas senator blasts CRT as 'Marxist ideology' that 'is inherently bigoted'
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced a new bill to block taxpayer funds from being given to institutions that teach Critical Race Theory (CRT).
CRT has been ardently opposed by congressional Republicans, who argue the controversial doctrine is divisive and racist.
It classes all white people as "oppressors" who are responsible for all the problems faced by America's "oppressed" non-white population.
"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," the Texas senator said in a statement introducing his legislation.
"Critical Race Theory originated out of the critical race studies movement."
The Texas lawmaker did not outline which federally funded institutions he is concerned are relying on the controversial topic during workplace training.
Cruz’s bill, dubbed the End CRT Act, is just the latest in a series of GOP-led proposals that seek to ban critical race theory in public schools and universities.
Supporters of the movement argue Americans should review how racism has morphed into a social construct.
The Texas Republican criticized President Biden’s reversal of a Trump-era executive order that banned "blame-focused" workplace training in federal agencies, federal contractors, and by federal grant recipients.
The Trump administration’s policy aimed to circumvent race or sex-based "scapegoating or stereotyping."
Cruz claimed CRT is a "Marxist ideology that sees the world as a battle, not between the classes - as classical Marxism does - but between the races."
"This is inherently bigoted," he added.
Rep. Burgess Owens, a black lawmaker from Utah, introduced a companion bill in the House and alleged critical race theory "undermines civil rights."
"I grew up attending segregated schools in the Jim Crow South during a time when people were treated differently based on the color of their skin," the freshman Republican said.
"Critical Race Theory preserves this way of thinking and undermines civil rights, constitutionally guaranteed equal protection before the law, and U.S. institutions at large."