Penn State UPUA Passes Resolution Opposing Anti-Critic Race Theory Education Legislation in Pennsylvania | University Park Campus News

The Penn State’s University Park Undergraduate Association unanimously passed Resolution No. 28-16: “In support of the rights of educators to teach about racism and to oppose anti-criticism legislation on the theory of race” during its weekly meeting on Wednesday evening.

According to the resolution, the CRT “provides a research-based framework for understanding how the social construction of race and the impact of racism are present in the work of educators and policymakers.”

Critical race theory has been analyzed in academic institutions since the 1970s, and many scholars view the theory as a complex array of ideas about racial discrimination intrinsically embedded in American legal systems, social normalities, and curricula. economic.

Over the years, the theory has spread through wide academic circles, inspiring dozens of books, law journal articles and lectures on racial bias, CNN said.

Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor who helped coin the terminology of “critical race theory,” said the true definition of the term has been lost and misinterpreted over time, according to The Atlantic.

Crenshaw said the ideas in the CRT could best be described as “a way of looking at the role of law in platforming, facilitating, producing, and even isolating racial inequality in our country.” .

The Oxford English Dictionary defines academic freedom as “the freedom of a teacher to express his or her personal opinions openly without censorship or fear of professional disadvantage,” according to the resolution.

The resolution passed said that the “banning or restriction” of CRT “poses a direct threat to academic freedom, which not only impacts this issue, but sets a dangerous precedent.”

Pennsylvania Rep. Russ Diamond (R-102) introduced Pennsylvania HB1532, “a statute providing restrictions on racist and sexist concepts, for contracts, penalties, and private causes of action,” according to the resolution.

According to the resolution, “this type of legislation represents recent attempts to politicize classrooms across the United States and promote an anti-CRT agenda.”

The UPUA, according to the resolution, “will oppose Pennsylvania HB 1532 and any future efforts by the state legislature to further attack educational equity and the rights of educators to teach about racism.”

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