May 9, 2022
For Immediate Release

SURPRISE: BETO CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHERE HE STANDS ON CRITICAL RACE THEORY

Critical Race Theory is another policy issue that Beto O’Rourke can’t seem to figure out where he stands. Texans deserve real leadership, not someone who changes his policy positions based on the zip code he happens to be in.”  – Mark Miner, Communications Director

BETO IN AUSTIN THEN: In February O’Rourke Said He Opposed Efforts To Ban Critical Race Theory Because Not Teaching Critical Race Theory Means Texas Is “Trafficking In Myths And Things That Just Are Not True.” “Another conservative mobilization effort across the state involves the shunning of school curriculum that’s been defined as ‘critical race theory,’ or the idea that race is a social construct embedded in legal systems and policies. Abbott signed a law late last year to restrict the topic — and others — in public education. Under Senate Bill 3, ‘a teacher may not be compelled to discuss a … widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs.’ … But O’Rourke sees the law as a way to duck painful truths about the former slave state. ‘We should know the full story of Texas and the full story of the United States of America,’ he said. ‘Not only our founding ideals and principles, but the way that those ideals and principles were often violated by the people who wrote them, or the fact that so much of the wealth and opportunity in this state was actually created by people who had no choice in the deal whatsoever. … If we don’t, then we’re trafficking in myths and things that just are not true.’” (Marquise Francis, “Beto O’Rourke Seeks Campaign Redemption In Texas After 2 Straight Losses,” Yahoo News, 2/14/22)

BETO IN VICTORIA NOW: O’Rourke On CRT: “No, I Don’t Think It Should Be Taught In Our Schools, Yeah.” (Beto O’Rourke, Remarks, Victoria, TX, 3/11/22)

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