YORBA LINDA, Calif.—Critical Race Theory (CRT) is now banned in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified District following a school board vote on April 6.
The 3–2 vote Tuesday evening came following months of discussion over the theory, which divides society into oppressors and oppressed based on race.
Trustee Leandra Blades, who has been advocating for the ban, applauded the vote that she believes will ensure that history on race will be kept strictly to the textbook rather than political ideologies.
“Things in California can change if they begin at a local level which is why we need local control,” Blades told The Epoch Times.
Hundreds of people showed up to the board meeting to hear the final decision with about 50 public speakers giving their opinion, Blades said.
Some public commenters argued that banning CRT prevents the ability of teaching about topics of history such as slavery or school segregation.
However, Blades refuted these accusations, clarifying that the topics would still be taught, but without a political narrative and the teachers’ ability to state their opinion.
The school board is one of the few to ban CRT, Blades said, adding that she believes more districts will follow.
Since the discussion began among the board members, Blades received inquiries from different school boards requesting to receive a copy of the resolution to ban CRT in hopes of proposing it.
The two board members that voted against the ban on Tuesday—President Carrie Buck and Trustee Karin Freeman—argued during a special meeting on March 23 that the concepts presented to be taught about CRT were inaccurate.
“I’ve never seen anywhere in CRT where it says that or even alluded to that a person’s race determines their moral character,” Buck said after reading from the board’s resolution to ban CRT that it teaches “a person’s race determines their moral character and makes them responsible for the past transgressions of that race.”
The resolution to ban CRT went into effect immediately.