Tom Cotton Introduces Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act of 2021

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Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced his Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act of 2021 legislation “to prohibit the United States Armed Forces from promoting anti-American and racist theories”.

Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act of 2021

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act of 2021’’.


Congress makes the following findings:

(1) The founding principles of the United States include the belief, enshrined in the Declara10 tion of Independence, that ‘‘all men are created equal’’ and ‘‘are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights’’

(2) The United States’ commitment to the equal dignity and natural rights of all mankind is the strongest possible defense against racism and oppression of all kinds.

(3) The mission of the United States Armed Forces is to ‘‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic’’ and ‘‘bear true faith and allegiance to the same’’.

(4) To carry out this mission, the Armed Forces must train leaders who love the United States, its citizens, and the aforementioned founding principles.

(5) Anti-American and racist theories, such as ‘‘Critical Race Theory’’, teach that the United States is a fundamentally racist Nation, that the Constitution is a fundamentally racist document, and that certain races are fundamentally oppressive or oppressed.

(6) Such theories encourage people to judge and treat others differently on the basis of their race, rather than treating them as equal citizens and human beings with equal dignity and protection under the law.

(7) Anti-American and racist theories, such as Critical Race Theory, teach students to distrust and even hate their country and fellow citizens.

(8) The United States Armed Forces should not promote or otherwise encourage anti-American and racist theories that demoralize and divide its members while undermining its mission to ‘‘bear truth faith and allegiance’’ to the Constitution.


(a) IN GENERAL.—The United States Armed Forces and academic institutions operated or controlled by the Department of Defense shall not promote the following anti-American and racist theories:

(1) Any race is inherently superior or inferior to any other race.Z
(2) The United States of America is a fun20 damentally racist country.
(3) The Declaration of Independence or the United States Constitution are fundamentally racist documents.
(4) An individual’s moral character or worth is determined by his or her race.
(5) An individual, by virtue of his or her race. is inherently racist or oppressive, whether con3 sciously or unconsciously.
(6) An individual, because of his or her race, bears responsibility for the actions committed by other members of his or her race.

(b) PROMOTE DEFINED.—In this section, the term ‘‘promote’’ means the following:
(1) Including theories described under sub10 section (a) or materials that advocate such theories in curricula, reading lists, seminars, workshops trainings, or other educational or professional set13 tings in a manner that could reasonably give rise to the appearance of official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement.
(2) Contracting with, hiring, or otherwise en17 gaging speakers, consultants, diversity trainers, and other persons for the purpose of advocating theories described under subsection (a).
(3) Compelling members of the Armed Forces to affirm or profess belief in theories described under subsection (a).
(4) Segregating members of the Armed Forces or other individuals by race in any setting, including educational and training sessions.


Nothing in this section shall be construed to restrict the protected speech of members of the Armed Forces or any individual.

(2) ACCESS TO MATERIALS FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESEARCH OR INDEPENDENT STUDY.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent individuals from accessing materials that advocate theories described under subsection (a) for the purpose of re11 search or independent study.


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