Kendall Qualls called for banning critical race theory in Minnesota’s classrooms in a Wednesday interview on Fox News.
The former Republican congressional candidate, now the president of TakeCharge Minnesota, said critical race theory is a “full-throttle indoctrination program” and “a weaponization of our young people” against America’s founding principles.
“Not only should it be banned,” said Qualls, but America’s schools need to actually teach students “about the true nature of our country.”
“Are we perfect? Show me one country that is. But it is by far the best country for all people from different backgrounds in the world,” he said.
Critical race theory — loosely defined as the teaching of concepts such as unconscious bias, white privilege, white fragility, and systemic racism — has been the subject of intense criticism from Republican lawmakers even since September, when former President Donald Trump banned its teaching in federal agencies. Several states have now prohibited public schools from teaching the theory, which Trump called a “propaganda effort” that promotes the idea “that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country.”
In Minnesota, two University of Northwestern students were called racists and white supremacists for petitioning their college to ban critical race theory.
“African-Americans are doing great in this country and they ask me well what do you mean? I say I’m talking about truly African-Americans,” Qualls said Wednesday.
“Those that come from Nigeria, that come here legally as legal immigrants, they earn 17% more than the average American. Not 17% more than the average black American. Seventeen percent more than the average American because they made a choice to come here. They haven’t been indoctrinated like a lot of native-born Americans,” he continued.
He also highlighted a recent report from Alpha News that exposed an “equity specialist” at Elk River High School who defended looting and rioting while speaking with a ninth-grade class.
“And it’s not just Nigerians. It’s black people from the Caribbean islands. They have not been told this country is a place that is discriminatory, that is bad for black people. They are embracing the true principles of this country,” Qualls concluded.