Stop the Teaching of Racism in All Missouri Public Schools!

Boone County Republican Central Committee Resolution regarding the teaching of Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was of a nation in which Americans judge one another “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The Boone County Republican Central Committee affirms Dr. King’s vision and believes that the value of equality must be supported by all Americans and taught in every school. There can be no room for racism in our country or our classrooms.

Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a race-based Marxist doctrine that is directly opposed to Dr. King’s vision of a colorblind America. CRT teaches that the United States is inherently racist, that all white people are born as racist oppressors, that all black people are born as victims of racism, and that Americans must view every social interaction on the basis of skin color.

The racist principles of Critical Race Theory are being injected into Missouri’s schools under the camouflage of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” programs. Missouri children are being indoctrinated to believe that America is a systemically racist nation and that they are defined by their race, not as individuals. This racist, Marxist, and anti-American propaganda destroys families and communities.

Connected with the CRT-inspired racism of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs, Missouri children are also being taught the fraudulent history presented by the 1619 Project. Designed to denigrate America and divide Americans by race, the 1619 Project erroneously teaches that the United States was founded by racist white men for the purpose of enslaving black people and that the American Revolution was fought for the purpose of preserving slavery. The 1619 Project has been thoroughly debunked by a wide range of eminent American historians who have exposed the radical ideology as false history.

Parents of all backgrounds in Boone County and throughout our State are outraged by the teaching of racism and racial division in our schools. The Boone County Republican Central Committee stands with all parents who oppose this dangerous material being taught to our children.

We call upon all members of the Missouri State Legislature to immediately pass and present to Governor Mike Parson for his signature, legislation that will prohibit any public school to teach, advocate, or promote the following:

1. One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.

2. An individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive.

3. An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex.

4. An individual’s moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex. 5. An individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.

6. Any individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress.

7. A meritocracy is inherently racist or sexist.

8. The United States was created by members of a particular race or sex for the purpose of oppressing members of another race or sex.

9. The United States government should be violently overthrown.

10. Particular character traits, values, moral or ethical codes, privileges, or beliefs should be ascribed to a race or sex, or to an individual because of the individual’s race or sex.

11. The rule of law does not exist, but instead is a series of power relationships and struggles among racial or other groups.

12. All Americans are not created equal and are not endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

13. Governments should deny to any person within the government’s jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.

Racist, discriminatory, and anti-American teachings such as these cannot be permitted to be taught, advocated, or promoted in Missouri schools.

The members of the Boone County Republican Central Committee come from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. As Americans, we are united in the belief that the United States was founded upon the principles that all human beings are equal in the eyes of our Creator, in human dignity and worth, political rights, and before the law. All people are endowed with these natural rights.

America’s history is not perfect. Over the years we have at times struggled to live up to the ideals of our founding principles. The evil of slavery did exist in the United States—just as it had in every culture throughout world history. What makes America exceptional however, is that we fought the Civil War at the cost of 620,000 American lives to abolish slavery and then enshrine new freedoms in our Constitution. The struggle for equality and civil rights continued, culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. America’s founding principles of freedom and equality continually push us forward to make our country better for all citizens—and we have.

The Boone County Republican Central Committee approves this resolution to express our opposition to the Marxist doctrine of Critical Race Theory, the CRT-inspired Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion curriculum, the false history of the 1619 Project, and any other forms of racism in Missouri public schools. We submit this resolution to our elected state and local representatives and to our local school boards for their action and support.