North Carolina’s first African American lieutenant governor is lending his support to a nationwide initiative to challenge what’s called racial “indoctrination” in schools.
A video released Wednesday shows Republican Mark Robinson discussing his upbringing and why the fight against Critical Race Theory (CRT) is so important to him.
In a video posted by the anti-CRT group 1776 Action, Robinson said, “Growing up as poor here in North Carolina, our family saw many struggles … My father was an alcoholic.”
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“We saw a lot of domestic violence in our house,” he said. “My mother was in fifth grade when my father died. I was 12 – but my mother took over the job of raising us and she did it very well.”
“The reason for this is that she had a great faith in God and knew that she lived in the greatest nation on earth—and that all opportunities were open to her and her children, and she told us so. Because of that, because she brought those things to us, now I am living my dream.”
“America is still the place of dreams for everyone. It is still the greatest nation on earth. We want to teach this to our children. We want to make sure that our children understand the greatness of this nation, they are its founders.” Understand the greatness of the documents, and those who founded the nation.”
“That’s why ending education in schools is such a passion of mine. We have to make sure things like critical race theory aren’t coming in and causing our kids to hate the country they live in.”
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The group 1776 Action, which has received support from GOP stars Newt Gingrich and Ben Carson, is pushing political candidates to sign the anti-CRT pledge as the issue has grown in political importance.
Across the country, parents and teachers have risen to protest what they see as highly divisive material on race, gender and other aspects of student identities.
Defenders argue that CRT-type training helps to increase the understanding and empathy of key groups that regularly experience oppression. This type of training has also been promoted as ways to “dismantle” or weaken perceived structures that impose burdens through prejudice and discrimination.
School districts such as Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) have similarly defended so-called “equity” or “anti-racist” material, which critics say perpetuates racism.
Earlier this year, major GOP gubernatorial candidates signed the 1776 Anti-CRT Pledge of Action and others followed last month.
The group was inspired by Carson and former President Trump’s 1776 Commission, which was created at the end of his administration to counter ideas such as the CRT. Shortly after his inauguration, President Biden repealed the measure, along with Trump’s ban on exercises in training for federal employees.