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Rep. Vernon Jones wants to ban Critical Race Theory, can’t define what it is

Critical Race Theory is a legal analysis on the premise that race is a social construct that is used to oppress people of color rather than a natural, biological feature.

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By: Teddy Grant

Former Georgia Rep. Vernon Jordan got into a contentious debate on Tuesday with Black News Tonight host Marc Lamont Hill on Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Jordan, who’s running for governor for Georgia as a Republican, said that he would sign an executive order banning CRT from being taught in schools on his first day in office.

“It’s time for our schools to stop teaching our kids to hate America,” Jones wrote in a tweet on Monday.

Critical Race Theory is a legal analysis on the premise that race is a social construct that is used to oppress people of color rather than a natural, biological feature, according to Brittanica. 

“Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans,” per Brittanica.

Republican-led- states, such as Tennesse and Iowa, have proposed and passed bills that ban the teaching of CRT at public universities, with legislators saying it’s “Un-American.”

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Asked to define what Critical Race Theory was by Hill, Jones would not explain it, resulting in a contentious exchange with the Black News Tonight host.

“I can tell you, but it’s left up to you to understand. I can’t make you understand,” Jones said. “Even on its basis, it should not be taught in our schools.”

Jones alleged that Hill didn’t know what Critical Race Theory was and challenged him to explain to the Black News Tonight audience.

“On day one, you made a statement that you’re going to have an executive order to ban something and you have yet to define what the thing is you’re going to ban,” Hill said. “I happen to have expertise in this area.”

Hill went on to explain what CRT was, following the abrupt end of his interview with Jones.