WHEREAS the founding equality principles of our great State and Nation are declared in Article l, Section 1 of the Wyoming Constitution, "In their inherent right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, all members of the human race are equal" and in Article l, Section 3, "Since equality in the enjoyment of
natural and civil rights is only made sure through political equality, the laws of this state affecting the political rights and privileges of its citizens shall be without distinction of race, color, sex, or any circumstance or condition whatsoever other than individual incompetency or unworthiness duly
ascertained by a court of competent jurisdiction," and in The Declaration of Independence: "We declare these truths to be self-evident, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness..."; and
WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory is an academic discipline built on the ideas and strategies of Karl Marx, but substituting for traditional Marxist "class warfare" the instigation of identity-based conflict; the theory holds that race is not so much a natural biologically-grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of
humans beings, but rather is a socially-constructed (culturally-invented) category. Those who subscribe to this theory believe that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist, and that
these institutions not only create, but also perpetuate and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and non-whites; and
WHEREAS the draft rule of the United States Department of Education which prioritizes the teaching of "Critical Race Theory" is designed to normalize the teaching of a revisionist and politically trendy attitude toward American history that racism is the core foundation of our nation. The draft rule encourages
school districts to use curriculum related to divisive author, Ibram X. Kendi and the controversial New York Times "1619 Project" Former President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring the instruction of this fraudulent theory, only to have his EO reversed by President Biden within days of his inauguration in January 2021; and
WHEREAS because racism is a problem of individual depravity, the imposition of collective guilt and the demeaning, stereotyping, and scapegoating of an entire group of people based on their race, color, or ethnicity does nothing to improve the lives and conditions of other individuals or groups of people, but is
a deliberate effort calculated to provoke identity divisiveness and to undermine unity and our nation's declared purposes of equality and justice.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Wyoming Republican Party State Central Committee commends Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jillian Ballow, for her renunciation of the draft rule of the United States Department of Education prioritizing the teaching of Critical Race Theory Curriculum in Pre-K to 12 public schools and expresses its wholehearted agreement with and support for her position; and
FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Wyoming Republican Party State Central Committee opposes the promulgation within any federally and/or state-funded preschool and K-12 educational institution of any curriculum and/or instruction espousing any of the following concepts:
1) One race, ethnic group, or sex is inherently, morally, or intellectually superior to another race, ethnic group, or sex.
2) An individual should be invidiously discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of that individual's race, ethnicity, or sex.
3) An individual's moral character is determined by the individual's race, ethnicity, or sex.
4) An individual, by virtue of the individual's race, ethnicity, or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed by other members of the same race, ethnic group, or sex.
5) An individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of the individual's own race, ethnicity, or sex.
6) Academic achievement, meritocracy, or traits such as a hard-work ethic are racist or sexist or were created by members of a particular race, ethnic group, or sex to oppress members of another race, ethnic group, or sex.
Wyoming Republican Party, 21 May 15