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Dennert Saves Noem’s Misdirected Anti-CRT Bill from Title Violation, Still Votes for Fascist Thought Control

Representative Drew Dennert (R-3/Aberdeen) obviously reads Dakota Free Press. Recognizing that Governor Noem’s failure to write an accurate title for House Bill 1012, the higher-ed prong of her attack on “critical race theory“, in jeopardy of judicial reversal on the constitutional title-subject rule, Representative Dennert moved yesterday to amend the title of HB 1012 to strike “critical race theory training and orientation” and re-deem HB 1012, “An Act to protect students and employees at institutions of higher education from divisive concepts.”

Of course, if we were serious about protecting university students and staff from divisive concepts, we’d let the Board of Regents ban Kristi NoemCharlie Kirk, and MAGA caps from our campuses.

Representative Dennert offered his amendment with little fanfare: “This just brings the title to actually what the bill does.” House Bill 1012 thus no longer violates Article 3 Section 21 of the South Dakota Constitution. It and its broader companion thought control bill, House Bill 1337, now only violate conscience, honest educational practice, and the First Amendment.

Representative Dennert may be reading Dakota Free Press, but he’s not listening to that deeper critique of these two fascist bills. He and his Republican colleagues approved both bills yesterday. HB 1012 passed 54–14, while HB 1337 passed 50–18. Both bills now likely head to Senate Education.

On the good side, Representative Dennert has at least complicated Kristi Noem’s campaigning. After all, how can Newt Gingrich call Noem a “national leader” in the fight against “critical race theory” when her bill doesn’t even mention “critical race theory”? Now she’s got to rewrite her campaign posters….


  1. All Mammal 2022-02-16 07:58

    What a crying shame these holier than thou spineless, mealy-boned jellyfish are destroying the one thing that makes our country wonderful.

    Read the book The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Which you have now outlawed!!!

    You just ensured the shame your descendants will feel down the road. I am also truly ashamed by this decision. Our grandparents fought and killed nazis and died to eliminate fascism. Even your ancestors are mortified. Breaking your own rule making all of us feel sad.

    First lets go brandon nimrod in a school zone better get cuffs slapped on thanks to your nearsighted abomination. Bunch of devil worshippers. That Homestake mine capturing all those neutrinos from CERN must be unleashing soul devouring entities. How else can this evil chaos swill be explained?

    Lets not mention the two beautiful, young Native girls found dead in fields last week. Say their names!
    Tia Long Soldier!
    Shayna Youngman Afraid of His Horses!
    Do something besides playing belly swords all day with your puny pals.

  2. Amy B. 2022-02-16 09:16

    If this passes and is signed into law…I’m expecting a South Dakota version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. This words “divisive concepts” opens the door for a ‘loud’ parent or politician to claim anything that goes against their ideals as divisive (maybe Fred Deutsch and the governor will work together on that list).

  3. All Mammal 2022-02-16 10:13

    The part I mentioned which makes this country wonderful is the part where We the People tell you, our public servants, what to do for us. Not a one of us asked for this so what gives?

    Quit telling us what to do! Quit telling us what to think!

    Help find our missing children and help keep women alive! Please.

  4. John 2022-02-16 11:52

    It appears as House Bills 1012 and 1337 are anti-history, snowflake bills so the legislators and snowjob noem harbor no facts as to actual South Dakota and US history. Perhaps noem and the legislators will “feel better” if Disney taught history and social studies.

  5. DaveFN 2022-02-16 12:52

    If this kind of legislation is what legislators and governors educated in the State of South Dakota have to offer, it’s a poor reflection on the quality of the education they received.

    They might do better to introduce a bill to ban education in South Dakota altogether.

  6. CK 2022-02-16 14:06

    They have lost their minds and have forgotten that they learned about slavery or civil rights when they were in school.

  7. Porter Lansing 2022-02-16 14:28

    The CRT issue is at its core, Republican’s getting out ahead of 2042 and the reparations to Indians and Black people that are nationally popular and inevitable.

  8. O 2022-02-16 14:37

    Porter, I would say the CRT fervor is more immediate. It is about the protection and enshrinement of white privilege NOW. The core of MAGA was “our” country slipping away and making sure “they” don’t take the advantages we so enjoy. Any examination of the “they,” or “we,” or how any of those advantages were “earned” IS uncomfortable.

  9. Porter Lansing 2022-02-16 15:01

    O – I won’t agree or disagree with you. I know how you think, and I like it. We saw the multitudinous masses of Black Lives Matter protestors in the streets and so did those the protests were aimed at. Few things scare privileged white supremacists more than white people on the same side as Black people.

  10. O 2022-02-16 15:15

    I also believe that is the fear of what the GOP puts under the CRT boogieman tent: that when we do have a truthful discussion of why people of color have a harder struggle than white counterparts and we start to see the attitudes and structures that perpetuate that inequality that the inevitable outcome in a land that touts equality and freedom is to end those detriments. I agree wit hPorter that a meaningful discussion about reparations is on the horizon, but to get to that, we need to see that we do still have a system that perpetuates inequality.

    That is the problem with a party (I’m looking at you GOP) that confuses (or substitutes) slogans for governance.

  11. Arlo Blundt 2022-02-16 16:14

    It is an attack on History and it is nonsense. Young people won’t buy it. They recognize propaganda for what it is…a desperate attempt to deny reality and cling to comfortable myths. This bill and others like it attempts to ferment chaos in our education system so that their system of economic exploitation can prevail unquestioned. It won’t work. Human progress and human dignity will prevail.

  12. larry kurtz 2022-02-16 16:20

    Only in a pro-KKK film like Birth of a Nation and in the Koch brothers’ curriculum is Reconstruction reduced to a punishment for white Southerners. Let’s look at Reconstruction from the standpoint of those who were freed from more than 200 years of enslavement. Tellingly, the Koch authors finish off this reading with a quote from James Madison about the “Tyranny of Majorities.” The authors claim that Jim Crow was an example of when “African Americans in the post-Civil War South discovered firsthand the dangers of majority tyranny in a republic.” That’s the main lesson the Bill of Rights Institute wants students to draw from the Civil War and Reconstruction: You can’t trust the masses, so leave politics to elites like the Koch brothers.

  13. larry kurtz 2022-02-16 17:06

    Our research makes the answer clear: It was the Koch network. It is a prime example of how the network has built up an alliance between the three pillars of the right wing: the Republican Party, rich corporate elites, and conservative white and evangelical voters opposed to racial progress. The CRT fight helps all three.

  14. John 2022-02-17 12:22

    “As Ray Bradbury once said: “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.””

    ““First they burn books, then they kill people!”

    That line often came to mind when I was living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, every time the regime closed a bookstore or a publishing house, every time it censored, banned, jailed or even killed authors. It never occurred to me that one day I would repeat the same sentiment in a democracy, in my new home, the United States of America.”

    There is no such thing as white pride or white culture.

  15. Mark 2022-02-17 20:07

    (6) An individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race, color, religion, ethnicity, or national origin; or

    So if I am reading this right, ‘In God We Trust’ must be immediately removed from all public schools in South Dakota as it certainly creates discomfort and psychological distress based on ones religion.

    What am I missing? Seems like a slam dunk?

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