(Ohio Star, 9/22/21) Conservatives supporting the enactment of anti-Critical Race Theory (CRT) education legislation rallied on the Ohio Capitol’s south plaza, even as Ohio’s state board of education remains quiet about a shot across the bow Attorney General Dave Yost fired on the panel last week. About 100 supporters of House Bill 327 gathered at the Stop CRT in Ohio organization’s event to hear speakers against allowing teachers to promote CRT, a political agenda that presents American history, social justice, business and other aspects of society as well as political action through the lens of radical racial and ethnic politics. In many ways, it updates Marxist theory highlighting class struggle with a focus on racial disparities.
Ruth Edmonds said CRT makes the wrong assumption that all people of a racial group have the same political attitudes and life ambitions. CRT educational programming “trains the mind to think a certain way,” she told the crowd, “so it’s indoctrination.”
Rev. C.L.Bryant called the teaching of CRT in schools another form of “social engineering” supported through taxpayer-funded education. “We don’t get our rights from Democrats; we don’t get our rights from Republicans,” he said in a fiery tone. “We get our rights from God and we will not bend our knees” to government.