Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation Tuesday banning critical race theory from being taught and promoted in government agencies, schools, or state-funded universities.
“Critical Race Theory is about labels and stereotypes, not education. It teaches kids that we should judge others based on race, gender or sexual identity, rather than the content of someone’s character,” Reynolds said in a statement, according to the Des Moines Register. “I am proud to have worked with the legislature to promote learning, not discriminatory indoctrination.”
The new law will go into effect across the state on June 1. The legislation does not specifically name critical race theory, but outlaws more specific concepts often associated with the study. Critical race theory analyzes how race and racism shaped the United States and continue to influence the U.S. today in the form of alleged inequalities among races.
Critics of the theory say that it oversimplifies and misdiagnoses the causes of inequality in the United States, and also promotes damaging