Resolution on Critical Race Theory

WHEREAS, Racism is evil and inconsistent with our nation’s founding precepts that all are created equal and each has unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;

WHEREAS, The Declaration of Independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”;

WHEREAS, The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., looked “to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”;

WHEREAS, Our public morality is and has been grounded in love – loving others as we love ourselves, which is a commandment central to every religion around the world;

WHEREAS, Americans today systematically reject racism and the arc of our nation’s history has bent toward justice because succeeding generations of Americans recommitted, each in their time and way, to our founding principles and public morality;

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory is the antithesis of these American virtues and is built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism;

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory contends that the evil of racism is inherent in all of our institutions and structures of governance despite the fact that we now have comprehensive non-discrimination laws;

WHEREAS, Proponents of Critical Race Theory assert that we are born oppressors or oppressed based on skin color, that despite our long national struggle for civil rights, racism still permeates all institutions and systems covertly, and so to end racism all people of good faith must smash all that’s old, including our history, heroes, culture, economy and founding principles;

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory public school indoctrination teaches that all White people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism and that all White Americans are racists, illustrated by exercises separating elementary school children into groups of “oppressors” and “oppressed”;

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory has been injected into government agencies, public school systems, teaching training programs, and corporate human resources departments in some forms of diversity training programs, human-resources modules, public-policy frameworks, and school curricula; and

WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory is divisive and separates Americans by race and is itself racist; therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the West Virginia Republican Party, a member of the Republican National Committee, reaffirms our commitment to pursue a more perfect union premised on the principle that all are created equal and that each of us have an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as well as to each of the rights enshrined in our Bill of Rights;

RESOLVED, That the West Virginia Republican Party, a member of the Republican National Committee, reveres the manifest good in the arc of our national history and will not acquiesce to the deconstruction of our history, economy, culture, or founding principles;

RESOLVED, That while we do not ascribe guilt to the Democrat Party today for its past support of slavery and for creating Jim Crow laws, we hold the Democrat Party to account for embracing this racist ideology yet again today and we call on the Democrat Party to reconnect with its principled Jeffersonian roots – racism regardless of its name, age, or rationale undermines the promise of our founding principles and slows our progress toward a more perfect union;

RESOLVED, That our children should be taught American history truthfully not tendentiously and that it is self-evidently wrong to teach children to be racist in order to be anti-racist;

RESOLVED, That the West Virginia Republican Party, a member of the Republican National Committee, condemns Critical Race Theory and urges the federal government and the states to review and eliminate these harmful tenets from any publicly funded indoctrination; and

RESOLVED, That the West Virginia Republican Party, a member of the Republican National Committee, supports every effort to prevent the ideology behind critical race theory from being institutionalized in our school curriculum, admissions and administration, government agencies and programs, corporate talent management, and culture and arts in order to preserve and protect liberty and equal protection of the laws for all Americans.

SUBMITTED by: Beth Bloch, Republican National Committeewoman for West Virginia, who Co-Sponsor the Resolution on Critical Race Theory Adopted by the Republican National Committee 8/13/21

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