ACLU reacts to Governor Noem’s executive order dealing with CRT

RAPID CITY, S.D.(KOTA)- Governor Kristi Noem, rejecting the conclusion of state lawmakers, has passed an Executive Order banning so-called “divisive concepts” from K-12 classrooms in South Dakota.

The order comes as critical race theory continues to turn heads in statehouses, despite the fact it is an academic concept that would be out of place in a K-12 classroom.

Jett Jonelis is the advocacy manager for the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, and argued this bill opens doors to classroom censorship.

Jonelis reminds censorship doesn’t always come from others.

Governor Kristi Noem said children wouldn’t be taught to “feel responsible for the mistakes of their ancestors”, a line Jonelis pushed against.

The ACLU of South Dakota has accused Noem of “skirting” the legislative process with this EO.