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States that Have Banned Critical Race Theory 2023

States with Bans Against Critical Race Theory

The following states have banned critical race therory: Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. These states represent only the tip of the iceberg, however. These only represent a moving target as there are a myriad of other state jurisdictions looking to end the practice of teaching critical race tenets.

States that currently have bills moving through the state legislature, or are emplacing school policies to forbid the teaching of Critical Race Theory include: Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. A quick perusal of this second listing reveals several unexpected geographic concentrations.

While the states comprising the old Confederacy are widely represented in the number of anti-CRT bills and measures being put forth in legislative chambers, a surprising number of states representing a large swath of the Midwest have also given the nod to restricting how race is taught in their state school curriculums.

Opposition to Banning Critical Race Theory

In each of these states looking to eliminate or reduce the level of Critical Race Theory-based instruction, there is a vocal opposition to the move with two states, Arizona and Mississippi, have defeated attempted CRT bans. That being said however, supporters of the failed legislation have vowed to reintroduce those measures in future legislative sessions. Indeed, to date, only Delaware has passed legislation to positively affirm the goals and intentions of teaching about racism, and the deleterious affect that that has had on generations of minorities of Black Americans in the United States.

States that Have Banned Critical Race Theory 2023

States that Have Banned Critical Race Theory 2023