Critical Race Theory and 'the Unity of the Nation'
Aadika Singh Tessa Valero Tai Simpson Dora Ramirez (moderator and speaker) This roundtable focuses on the passing of HB 377 and other bills across the country that ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in public schools. CRT has been broadly and negatively defined by conservative politicians as a way to ban the teaching of social justice issues in the schools. Since the passing of HB377, the legislature is now tightening the budgets of schools and universities that do not end programs that “exacerbate and inflame divisions on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, or other criteria in ways contrary to the unity of the nation and the well-being of the state of Idaho and its citizens” (HB377). This panel brings in four speakers that work in the non-profit sector, in law, and as a university professor. They will give insights into this piece of legislation and its effects on free speech, academic freedom, censorship, and individual rights.