Director LeBlanc and Secretary Sierra Submit Resolution to BAN Critical Race Theory
On Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, Secretary Sierra and I submitted a Resolution to the Weld Re-8 Schools Board of Education, to ban Critical Race Theory from being taught in our schools.
We have requested that this Resolution be included on the Agenda for the December 9th Workshop/Meeting.
We ask that you submit comments on this Resolution to the Board, whether by e-mail, mail, letters to the editor, or speaking at the Board Meeting.
Read the full resolution, below:.
Resolution Prohibiting the Teaching of Critical Race Theory
WHEREAS, racism has no place in American society and especially not in Weld Re-8 Schools ("District");
WHEREAS, the District is committed to providing a safe learning and work environment where all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect, and discrimination is prohibited (See Policy AC);
WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory ("CRT") is an ideology based on false assumptions about the United States of America and its population;
WHEREAS, the definitional foundation of Critical Race Theory involving an artificial distortion of the traditional definition of "racism" is fatally flawed;
WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory is a divisive ideology that assigns moral fault to individuals solely on the basis of an individual's race and, therefore, is itself a racist ideology;
WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory assigns generational guilt and racial guilt for conduct and policies that are long in the past;
WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory violates the fundamental principle of equal protection under the law;
WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory views social problems primarily as racial problems and, thus, detracts from analysis of underlying socio-economic causes of social problems;
WHEREAS, the Board of Education of Weld Re-8 Schools has the legal authority to determine the curriculum taught in the District within the parameters set by law;
WHEREAS, the Board of Education can require teachers to teach the curriculum approved by the Board of Education;
WHEREAS, the laws of the United States of America and the State of Colorado do not require that Critical Race Theory be taught in public schools (grades K-12);
Now, therefore, be it resolved on this day of 2021, by the Board of Education of Weld Re-8 Schools:
Critical Race Theory is rejected and will not constitute the basis for any instruction in Weld Re-8 Schools. The following specific elements of Critical Race Theory cannot be taught:
1. Racism is racial prejudice plus power, a concept that is often used to argue that (i) only individuals classified as "white" people can be racist because only "white" people control society and (ii) individuals in ethnic minorities cannot be racist because they do not control society.
2. Racism is ordinary, the usual way society does business.
3. "Interest convergence" or "material determinism", according to which the incentive to move away from racist policies depends primarily on the self-interest of the oppressor class, i.e. "whites".
4. "Differential racialization", according to which the "dominant society racializes different minority groups at different times, in response to different needs such as the labor market";1
5. The "voice-of-color" thesis, according to which merely "minority status … brings with it a presumed competence to speak about race and racism",2 a concept often used to discredit opposing arguments on the basis of the opposing person's race;
Furthermore, the following doctrines derived from Critical Race Theory cannot be taught:
a. An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist and/or sexist, whether consciously or unconsciously.
b. Individuals are either a member of the oppressor class or the oppressed class because of race or sex.
c An individual is inherently morally or otherwise superior to another individual because of race or sex.
d. An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment due to the individual's race or sex, or an individual should receive favorable treatment due to the individual's race or sex.
e. An individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past or present by other members of the same race or sex.
f. An individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish or any other form of psychological distress on account of his or her race or sex.
g. Meritocracy or traits such as, but not limited to, a hard work ethic or the scientific method are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race to oppress members of another race.
h. The advent of slavery in the territory that is now the United States constituted the true founding of the United States, or the preservation of slavery was a material motive for independence from England.
Notwithstanding the above restrictions, social science courses can include instruction about Critical Race Theory, provided that such instruction plays only a subordinate role in the overall course and provided further that such instruction focusses on the flaws in Critical Race Theory.
1 Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory, An Introduction, 3rd ed. (2017), p. 10.
2 Ibid., p. 11
ADOPTED this day of , 2021,on motion of Director , seconded by Director , on the following roll call vote:
ABSENT OR NOT VOTING: _
Susan K. Browne