And by ‘critical race theory’ I mean teaching anything that might be upsetting to white Christian supremacists. Virginia has a bill pending, H. 781, with the usual ‘anti-CRT’ pablum, but it also has this doozy (boldface mine):
B. The Board shall, in furtherance of the citizens skills portion of the 5 C’s in the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, incorporate into each relevant Standard of Learning and associated curriculum framework a requirement that each student demonstrate the understanding of:
1. The fundamental moral, political, and intellectual foundations of the American experiment in self-government, as well as the history, qualities, traditions, and features of civic engagement in the United States;
2. The structure, function, and processes of government institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; and
3. The founding documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, including Essays 10 and 51, excerpts from Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, and the writings of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
And “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice!”
For those as unaware of U.S. history as the august solons of the Virginia House of Delegates, the Lincoln-Douglas debates (note the one s in Douglas) were between Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas over whether states admitted to the Union should be mandatory free states, or possible slave states, depending on the popular will of the newly admitted states (states rights has a very long and odious history).
They did not involve Frederick Douglass, the Black abolitionist (though those would have been some very interesting debates!).
Sadly, both the ignorance and the incompetence are par for the course for the Republican Party.
In case they decide to alter the text, here it is for posterity: