HB 1775 was recently passed by the Oklahoma legislature. It prohibits the teaching that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex and outlaws teaching that a person by virtue of his or her race or sex is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously. Members of the legislature called on the Oklahoma Department of Education to meet to propose rules to allow the law to take effect immediately. Several other state legislatures and school boards have enacted similar actions.
Since HB 1775 was passed there has been discussion on the topic of critical race theory and what it is. Critical race theory (CRT) began in the 1970s as a theoretical framework in legal studies that examines how law and legal institutions relate to race. CRT has been broadened to include other areas of American society such as education and healthcare. It was formally organized in 1989 with the first Workshop on Critical Race Theory. It has become a contentious issue with proponents and opponents.
Legislating Against Critical Race Theory
Amid growing critical race theory legislation, education experts say textbook content could be next