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State Rep. Drummond: Critical Race Theory ban push ‘a dog whistle that does not have any merit behind it’

As of now, there are three pre-filed bills in the State House and one bill pre-filed in the State Senate tied to the so-called Critical Race Theory controversy, and each is expected to get consideration in the 2022 regular session.

State Rep. Barbara Drummond (D-Mobile) is not convinced there is a need for that legislation.

During an appearance on this week’s broadcast of Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” the Mobile lawmaker questioned the motives of the bills being brought.

“I’m very troubled by the debate because it’s really a non-debate,” she said. “We’re talking about history and truth being on attack. I’m an old Baptist girl, and the truth will set you free. You can’t taint it. You can’t change it. You cannot make it a talking point politically. It is what it is. And I really think that is what is happening because when you see where the issue is popping up, there’s really not even being taught there. And I find it very troubling that we’re leading people to think this is an issue when it really is not because we can’t change history. We can’t change the truth.”

The Mobile County lawmaker said she was assessing the three legislative proposals pre-filed for 2022 “very closely” but reiterated her skepticism.

“[A]gain, I say that when I look at the issue, it is very troubling because I think it is a dog whistle — a dog whistle that does not have any merit behind it,” Drummond added.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.