by Dr. Andy Jackson
Director of the Civitas Center for Public Integrity, John Locke Foundation
Here are some questions:
If you said “no” to those questions, you would likely support Senate Bill 364 (“Nondiscrim[ination] & Dignity in State Work.”) The bill is sponsored by senators Warren Daniel (R – Buncombe, Burke, McDowell), Todd Johnson (R – Cabarrus, Union), and Brad Overcash (R – Gaston).
It states that the positions in the statements above, and some other similar “woke” concepts, “shall not be promoted in State government workplaces or included as part of any State employee training program.” The bill defines “promoted” as “compelling State employees to affirm or profess belief” in a particular concept.
Government employees and agency heads can still believe as they wish about race and sex. They just cannot compel other state employers to accept those views. Click through to the bill text to see a full list of concepts that government agencies would not be allowed to promote or include in training programs. Concepts such as all people are created equal and racial discrimination has no place in the workplace may still be a part of employee training.
Gov. Roy Cooper disagrees. He vetoed the bill on June 16.
The Senate has already overridden Gov. Cooper’s veto. The House will likely follow suit soon.