"The same laws that we used to combat segregated water fountains, are the same laws that we can use to fight against segregation that typically happens under a critical race theory regime."

@IanVRowe's testimony before the Rhode Island State Legislature.

A short thread.


"Less than 1/2 of RI’s white students in the 8th grade scored proficient in reading. Closing the black to white achievement gap, w/o improving outcomes for all students, would mean black student outcomes would grow from sub-mediocrity to full-mediocrity in terms of reading."

"American institutions are enforcing a cynical & intolerant orthodoxy. This orthodoxy requires us to view each other based on immutable characteristics like skin color, gender and sexual orientation. It pits us against one another, and diminishes what it means to be human."

"None of these [Critical Race Theory] practices are going to help the nearly 3,500 white 8th grade students, nor 2200 hispanic students, nor the 784 black students, that were not reading at proficiency in 2019."

"It’s important our kids know they live in a good if not great country, one that is not hostile to their dreams. Millions of kids of all races have embraced founding ideals around family, faith, hard work, entrepreneurship & education to move from persecution to prosperity."

"We acknowledge that America is not perfect, but we want to confront the inequities we face united rather than divided."

Read all of @IanVRowe's testimony before the Rhode Island State Legislature here:


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