UPDATED 7:36 AM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021
House Democrats blocked consideration for a bill aimed at preventing federal funds to advance discriminatory concepts like critical race theory. This came after Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) pushed for a vote on Tuesday on his ‘Say No to Indoctrination Act’, which would prevent federal dollars from funding such trainings.
The Utah Republican spoke on the House floor while reflecting on his own experiences with racism during the times of Jim Crow and segregation. He went on to say people still act unfairly toward others due to their skin color when individuals choose to hate.
“More could be done to create a world that teaches greater tolerance and respects the dignity of every individual regardless of race, color or creed,” Owens stated. “CRT is not the solution. It is absolutely wrong and un-American to indoctrinate our children in believing because of their skin color they are forever part of oppressed or oppressive class. Hate has no place in our schools and CRT has no place in our classes.”
FLOOR ALERT: @HouseDemocrats just blocked @HouseGOP requests to stop indoctrination of America’s youth in classrooms with controversial & damaging ideology taught by critical race theory. @TomColeOK04 @RepBurgessOwens @RepNancyMace @RepDanBishop pic.twitter.com/27Htxzn794
— House Rules Republicans (@RulesReps) July 27, 2021
Despite strong support from the Republican Party, Democrats were quick to shoot down consideration while claiming they are not going to debate whether racism still exists in America.