UNL student government group opposes ban on critical race theory

"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"
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The main student government group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says it opposes a resolution that would ban the teaching of critical race theory.

The executive team of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) released a statement Monday saying they do 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.

Pillen’s resolution will be discussed at the NU Board of Regents meeting on August 13.

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