In SummaryDemocrat Roy Cooper vetoes two bills that ban critical race theory and increases fines for protestors.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed two bills on Friday that placed limitations on how public school teachers could discuss race-based concepts and raised fines for people who are part of violent protests, according to the Associated Press.
Cooper, a Democrat, said he vetoed the bill that would ban racial concepts because it would have included politics in education.
The veto comes when Republican legislators from around the nation have passed or are in the process of passing legislation that would ban critical race theory from being taught in schools.
According to Brittanica, critical race theory is “an intellectual movement and a framework of legal analysis according to which race is a culturally invented category used to oppress people of color and the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, political, and economic inequalities between white and nonwhite people.”
The AP reports the other bill Cooper blocked would allow business owners to sue people who damaged their property for up to three times the actual cost of damages. It also upped a felony charge for people who attack emergency responders, even if no one was physically injured.
Cooper said individuals who commit crimes during riots should be prosecuted under existing North Carolina laws. The state’s GOP believes rioters should face harsher penalties.
“The legislature should be focused on supporting teachers, helping students recover lost learning, and investing in our public schools. Instead, this bill pushes calculated, conspiracy-laden politics into public education,” Cooper said.