University of Nebraska Board of Regents reject opposition of Critical Race Theory
UPDATE: The motion to ban the imposition of Critical Race Theory failed 9-3.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The University of Nebraska Board of Regents is expected to vote on a resolution to ban the imposition of Critical Race Theory.
The resolution reads:
Critical Race Theory Resolution
WHEREAS, all campuses and facilities of the University of Nebraska system are places for open reflection, discussion, study, research, and learning; and
WHEREAS, America is the best country in the world and anyone can achieve the American Dream here; and
WHEREAS, education, free speech, and sound learning are the keys to freedom and opportunity in this country; and
WHEREAS, we oppose discrimination in any form in the classroom, on campus, and in our communities, and we support the safety and wellbeing of all students, faculty, and staff; and
WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory does not promote inclusive and honest dialogue and education on campus; and
WHEREAS, Critical Race Theory seeks to silence opposing views and disparage important American ideals.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, that the Regents of the University of Nebraska oppose Critical Race Theory being imposed in
curriculum, training, and programming.
The executive team of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) does not support the resolution proposed by NU Regen Jim Pillen.
“We believe this resolution fundamentally opposes the racial diversity, equity, and inclusion goals that the University of Nebraska System has prioritized for over twenty years and emphasized in the summer of 2020,” the statement said in part.
Pillen, who is also running for governor, has been an outspoken critic of critical race theory.
In a statement to Channel 8, he said “the imposition of Critical Race Theory on our students runs counter to those ideals by attempting to indoctrinate students and silencing their dissenting opinions. This resolution affirms a fair and balanced dialogue on all issues.”
Gov. Pete Ricketts has shown his support for Pillen’s resolution, taking to Twitter saying, “Thank you to NU Regent Jim Pillen for leading the fight against this divisive and anti-American philosophy.”
Others on campus have voiced their opposition to Pillen’s proposal, including the Faculty Senate, some athletes, NU president Ted Carter and UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green.
Watch the Board of Regents meeting live here: