RICHMOND, VA – Yesterday, Delegate Wren Williams (R – Stuart) cast a deciding vote to pass a historic bill banning Critical Race Theory from Virginia’s public schools through the Virginia House, fulfilling a key campaign promise to his constituents. HB787, which had been introduced by Delegate LaRock and co-patroned by Williams, specifically bans the teaching that individuals are intrinsically superior or inferior – morally or otherwise – to one another based on their race or sex, prohibits discrimination or adverse treatment based on these principles, and prohibits teaching that individuals are responsible for actions committed in the past by others of the same race or sex.
“Ever since the Northam-McAuliffe Department of Education championed CRT in memos and told Virginia public schools to ‘embrace critical race theory’ and ‘re-engineer attitudes and belief systems’ of teachers and students, we have seen CRT oozing into our schools,” said Williams. “This is a top-level concern for parents, kids, and teachers in my district. I am proud to be answering their call by passing this vital legislation.”
“Critical Race Theory is an evil ideology that teaches our kids to hate America and each other. It’s crushing and divisive and will tear apart our country if we don’t stop it.”
“Our children are America’s most precious resource. Virginia’s schools need to be teaching our children that they are created equal – that in spite of its flaws, America is a great country, full of opportunities and hope for them. My goal in passing this legislation is to protect Martin Luther King Jr’s vision: An America where our kids are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Wren Williams is currently the sitting delegate representing Virginia’s 9th House District, serving on the Committee on Public Safety, Committee on Privileges and Elections, and the Committee on Courts of Justice. Prior to running for the House of Delegates, Wren served as Chairman of the Patrick County Republican Committee, where he increased membership, helped flip the board of supervisors to Republican control, and raised money to make Patrick County one of the most active Republican Committees in the Commonwealth earning the Republican Party of Virginia’s “Unit of the Year” award. During the 2020 election, Wren traveled the country to help the Republican National Committee (RNC) and President Trump fight for voter integrity in the courtroom in Wisconsin. Outside of politics, Wren lives in Stuart, Va. with his wife, Britt, where they own and operate Schneider & Williams Law Firm.