A first-term Republican legislator didn’t hold back in his criticisms of the DFL’s education agenda during a House floor session last week.
Rep. Walter Hudson, R-Albertville, said Democrats are “declaring a race war” by including certain provisions in HF2497, an omnibus education finance bill. He said the bill, contrary to the intentions of its authors, would teach children to hate each other and actually produce systemic racism.
“This bill is systemically designed to produce racists and bigots,” Hudson said.
The bill would place new mandates on school districts to provide ethnic studies courses and ensure curriculum is “antiracist.”
The bill defines antiracist as “actively working to identify and eliminate racism in all forms so that power and resources are redistributed and shared equitably among racial groups.”
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“It doesn’t just teach kids to judge each other by the color of their skin; it encourages them to compete with one another on the basis of racial identity. What they’re competing for is ‘power and resources.’ That’s in the bill,” Hudson said.
The administration of President Joe Biden now claims that racism is a contributing factor in the disproportionately high rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease among non-white Americans.