Eighth Congressional District Rep. Pete Stauber came out firmly against critical race theory in a tweet Tuesday, referencing it in terms that don't align with the state education department.
"Make no mistake, Critical Race Theory has no place in our education system," Stauber, R-Hermantown, posted. "We have all been created equally in the eyes of God, and teaching our children there is a racial hierarchy is despicable. This will not solve our division, it will further it."
The congressman's words were in reference to a Wall Street Journal report titled, "Battle over Critical Race Theory."
Make no mistake, Critical Race Theory has no place in our education system. We have all been created equally in the eyes of God, and teaching our children there is a racial hierarchy is despicable. This will not solve our division, it will further it. https://t.co/GxQ4VFGfcU— Pete Stauber (@RepPeteStauber) June 29, 2021
That story addresses critical race theory as "the latest battleground in the cultural war," while going on to reference the 24 states that have introduced legislation banning public schools from promoting critical race theory, including six that have enacted laws.
But the topic has another side, one more rooted in an longer history of higher learning. It's been used to create greater understanding of the existence of systemic advantages for white people and, in turn, disadvantages for Black people.
Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Education addressed the topic in a statement to the News Tribune, which starts by saying critical race theory isn't included in the state's K-12 academic standards, or in any proposed ones.
"It is a theory that was developed in the 1970s by legal scholars and may be taught in some master’s degree or doctoral-level programs," the state education department said. "Our students’ education is at its strongest when Minnesotans are involved and engaged, so we always recommend that families talk with their school leaders and teachers to better understand what is being taught in classrooms."
Stauber is a second-term congressman who recently passed his first authored piece of legislation of his second term, a technical bill that makes it easier for pilots to read and process safety notices.
Earlier Tuesday, prior to his tweet, his campaign had sent out an email soliciting donations in order to meet a quarterly fundraising deadline: "Send a message to far-left special interest groups that the Great 8th district is not for sale."
Reporter Adelle Whitefoot contributed to this story.