Assemblyman Schmitt joined with local officials, educators and community members to announce the introduction of his bill to ban Critical Race theory or any of its concepts from being taught in NYS Schools.

Washingtonville, NY — (07/26/2021) Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM – New Windsor) at a press conference today announced he is introducing legislation in the State Assembly to ban critical race theory and its concepts from being taught in New York State Schools.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “I will be introducing legislation in the Assembly that will ban Critical Race Theory and any of its concepts from being taught in New York Schools. I have heard from many concerned parents, families, and educators across the Hudson Valley and across the state worried about our students, what they could be taught, and what it means for the future. After a year of students learning from home and parents seeing first hand what their children are learning, they have grave concerns over these concepts and what is being incorporated into their education. Critical Race Theory is uniquely un-American. It is an indoctrination of students that seeks to destroy the core fundamental principle that has been universal for all Americans — the pursuit of the American Dream.”

Schmitt continued, “CRT sets us back and says that race and the color of our skin is the most important thing and is what defines us and determines our future — nothing could be further from the truth and could not be more un-American. CRT requires students to take part in a course that teaches individuals to discriminate against or receive differential treatment based solely or partially on the individual’s race. CRT attacks all of our society, laws, institutions and all of American existence — CRT is set up to indoctrinate our young students, no matter who you are, what you look like, what you believe, where you come from, what your parents’ jobs are — in America you can achieve anything you want. You can live your American dream. This “American Dream” concept, since our nation’s founding, has propelled generation after generation to do better, dream bigger, and reach further. This ideal is under attack and is deconstructed by CRT.

CRT fundamentally seeks to destroy our laws, systems and institutions that have created the America we know, the America where anyone can achieve anything. It rewrites history and provides false history and false narrative on our most impressionable youth.”

Kevin Gomez, an attorney and local school board member stated, “Our schools across the Hudson Valley should never put partisan theories that are set to divide our students into any curriculum. As a proud native of Orange County, and the son of immigrants from Puerto Rico, I grew up with the American Dream to lead me to where I am today. I appreciate Assemblyman Colin Schmitt bringing us all together in the room to speak about the issues that truly matter and are of grave concern to many parents in our school system.”

Nicole Hewson, an educator and concerned parent stated, “As Martin Luther King Jr. stated, ‘we should be judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character’. I believe that racism cannot be overcome with more racism. Teaching kids to hate one another, that children are victims or oppressors, is not the way to go about making change. I believe teaching acts of mercy, kindness, compassion, empathy, understanding, will be how we accomplish positive change. Our students deserve better.”

Ciara Irizarry, a concerned local parent stated, “As a parent, I am greatly concerned that our school system is under attack by political ideologies rather than factual historical events. We need to teach kindness and empathy, not divisive theories. I want to thank Assemblyman Schmitt for fighting for all of us parents as we navigate our way through the process of ensuring our children are protected and have the opportunity to learn in an environment free from politics and division.”

This legislation will be introduced this week with a bill number forthcoming.

View the full press conference, here.

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands, and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula Quincy!