Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Passage of House Bill 3979


“Texans Reject Critical Race Theory”

AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today on the passage of House Bill 3979 early this morning, banning so-called ‘critical race theory’ in Texas schools:

“Texans roundly reject the ‘woke’ philosophies that espouse that one race or sex is better than another and that someone, by virtue of their race or sex, is innately racist, oppressive or sexist.

“These abhorrent concepts have erupted in our culture in an effort to divide us. Unfortunately, they are cropping up in Texas classrooms, even in elementary schools.

“House Bill 3979 makes certain that critical race philosophies, including the 1619 founding myth, are removed from our school curriculums statewide. When parents send their children to school, they want their students to learn critical thinking without being indoctrinated with misinformation charging that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism.

“I congratulate Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, and Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, for bringing this legislation and Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, for his leadership during the long debate on this issue late last night and this morning.”