Senator Kennedy comes down hard on critical race theory

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Senator Kennedy: "America is not a racist country . . . most Americans, black and white, think a whole lot more about character than they do about race."

US Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, wearing a mask to protect himself and others from COVID-19, known as coronavirus, leaves following the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 5, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

MADISONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gave a speech on Tuesday in which the labor union president said, “Mark my words: Our union will defend any member who gets in trouble for teaching honest history. We have a legal defense fund ready to go. Teaching the truth is not radical or wrong. Distorting history and threatening educators for teaching the truth is what is truly radical and wrong.”

On the same day, Senator Kennedy gave a passionate rebuke of what he calls, the critical race theory.

Sen. Kennedy said, “Critical race theory teaches that the primary reason that America was founded was to maintain white supremacy. Not freedom, not rule of law, not equal opportunity, not personal responsibility, but white supremacy.”

The Associated Press is providing a detailed look at critical race theory.

Kennedy’s rebuke included this, “Critical race theory teaches that America is totally screwed. We need to just tear it down and start over.”

Weingarten does not agree, “Culture warriors are labeling any discussion of race, racism or discrimination as critical race theory, to try to make it toxic. They are bullying teachers and trying to stop us from teaching students accurate history. This harms students. These culture warriors want to deprive students of a robust understanding of our common history. This will put students at a disadvantage in life by knocking a big hole in their understanding of this country and the world.”

This is not the first time that the teaching of race in classrooms has come up.

In Louisiana, Representative Ray Garofalo recently presented a bill that would put limits on what can be taught in classrooms about racism.

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