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A new political action committee (PAC) launched Monday that is dedicated to eradicating critical race theory and the 1619 Project from U.S. schools by targeting local school board elections.
The 1776 Project PAC, which was started by political consultant Ryan Girdusky, is the “first national political action committee to target local, historically nonpartisan school boards,” according to Axios.
The PAC intends to “abolish” the anti-American curricula from U.S. classrooms with the hope of “[reforming] our public education system by promoting patriotism and pride in American history,” according to the PAC’s website.
“A new and troubling trend has emerged in our nation’s public school system,” the website further explains. “School districts in all 50 states have adopted critical race theory and parts of ‘The 1619 Project’ as part of their curriculum.”
“Critical race theory is a radical belief that pushes the idea that America is an inherently racist country and white Americans are stained with the original sin of racism for which they can never be cleansed. Their solution is to remake the U.S., abandoning our founding documents and the capitalist system.”
“The 1776 Project PAC is pushing back against this growing crisis in our public education system by campaigning on behalf of school board candidates that vow to overturn any teaching of the 1619 Project or critical race theory in their school districts. We will also support any type of education reform that promotes a patriotic vision of America and its history,” the PAC added.
“Critical race theory and the 1619 Project have made their way through our public education system and now it’s time to fight back,” Girdusky tweeted.
Critical race theory and the 1619 Project have made their way through our public education system and now it’s time to fight back.
That’s why I’ve created the national super pac ever focusing on school board elections. The 1776 Project PAChttps://t.co/T7r4oz77dR
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) May 25, 2021
“Conservatives need to approach public school curriculum with the seriousness they’ve approached school choice,” Girdusky told The Daily Wire. “A majority of American children will be taught in public schools for the forseeable future and we cannot lose those children to critical race theory.”
“Progressives are telling our children that their country is systemically racist,” Girdusky continued. “They’re told that Western civilization and capitalism are working against people of color. It’s a lie and we need to push back against it. The 1776 Project PAC will work to elect school board members across the country who want to incorporate patriotism in our public education.”
Several states have recently adopted measures banning public school administrators from mandating instruction in critical race theory. The Texas Legislature is the latest to move forward with such legislation. As The Daily Wire reported:
The bill stresses the importance of learning about the founding of the U.S. by referencing original documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, according to the text of the bill.
Teachers also shall not be compelled by any state agency or school administration “to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs,” the bill further stipulates, adding that when teachers choose to discuss such topics, they “shall, to the best of their ability, strive to explore such issues from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to anyone perspective[.]”