States That Have Banned Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been a point of conflict between the two major political parties in the United States since it went mainstream in 2020, and much legislation has been penned in order to halt its formal infiltration into K-12 schools during the preceding years. The swathe of legislation dealing explicitly with CRT began after former President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order prohibiting CRT’s ideology from being used to train federal employees, titled, “Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.”

Critical Race Theory is a means of providing an explicitly racialized framework through which everything can be seen and interacted with through the lens of race. One of CRT’s characteristic ideas, which often draws criticism, is that all of the institutions and laws of the United States are systemically racist, which is to say that racism is embedded in the way the institutions are organized, as well as in the people who run them. 

CRT also infamously asserts that all white people are uniquely privileged and oppressive because of the color of their skin, while all black and brown (BIPOC) people are uniquely disadvantaged and oppressed for the same material reason. Due to the controversial nature of those claims, and many others made by proponents of CRT, school boards and legislatures have sought to ban it from being taught in schools.

Often, those in favor of CRT being kept in schools claim that students should be exposed to it in order to encounter new ideas, a true version of history, and to diversify their thought, while the opponents of CRT claim that it teaches young people how to discriminate on the basis of skin color, an immutable characteristic. 

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Critical Race Theory Ban Status by State

Alabama - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,296,162

#14 in the US

Alaska - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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21,898

#45 in the US

Arizona - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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33,915

#40 in the US

Arkansas - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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453,783

#21 in the US

California - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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2,237,044

#5 in the US

Colorado - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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234,828

#29 in the US

Connecticut - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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388,675

#23 in the US

Delaware - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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218,899

#30 in the US

Florida - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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3,246,381

#3 in the US

Georgia - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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3,320,513

#2 in the US

Hawaii - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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23,417

#44 in the US

Idaho - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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15,726

#48 in the US

Illinois - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,808,271

#8 in the US

Indiana - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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648,513

#19 in the US

Iowa - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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131,972

#32 in the US

Kansas - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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168,809

#31 in the US

Kentucky - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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362,417

#25 in the US

Louisiana - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,464,023

#11 in the US

Maine - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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25,752

#43 in the US

Maryland - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,820,472

#7 in the US

Massachusetts - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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494,029

#20 in the US

Michigan - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,376,579

#13 in the US

Minnesota - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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398,434

#22 in the US

Mississippi - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,084,481

#18 in the US

Missouri - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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69,984

#35 in the US

Montana - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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5,484

#50 in the US

Nebraska - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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96,535

#33 in the US

Nevada - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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304,739

#27 in the US

New Hampshire - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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20,127

#46 in the US

New Jersey - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,219,770

#16 in the US

New Mexico - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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45,904

#38 in the US

New York - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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2,986,172

#4 in the US

North Carolina - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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2,140,217

#6 in the US

North Dakota - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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26,783

#42 in the US

Ohio - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,478,781

#10 in the US

Oklahoma - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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289,961

#28 in the US

Oregon - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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82,655

#34 in the US

Pennsylvania - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,423,169

#12 in the US

Rhode Island - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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62,168

#37 in the US

South Carolina - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,280,531

#15 in the US

South Dakota - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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17,842

#47 in the US

Tennessee - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,092,948

#17 in the US

Texas - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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3,552,997

#1 in the US

Utah - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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40,058

#39 in the US

Vermont - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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9,034

#49 in the US

Virginia - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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1,607,581

#9 in the US

Washington - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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307,565

#26 in the US

West Virginia - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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65,813

#36 in the US

Wisconsin - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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376,256

#24 in the US

Wyoming - Critical Race Theory Ban Status

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5,232

#51 in the US