S.D. Senate passes ban on ‘divisive’ university race trainings

Republicans agree with a proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem to ban public institutions from using orientation material that compels people to feel “discomfort” based on race.
By: | March 8, 2022

Republicans in the South Dakota Senate passed a proposal from Gov. Kristi Noem to ban public universities from using training and orientation material that compels people to feel “discomfort” based on their race.

Noem has billed the proposal as a repudiation of so-called “critical race theory” and a way to ensure “students are not taught that they are responsible for (the) different actions of our ancestors.”

The governor has vilified critical race theory in the last year, following a political rallying cry on the right against the academic framework, which centers on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions..

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