Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR), who was sworn in as the 47th governor on Tuesday, has already taken drastic action to change the course of the state with seven different executive orders that include banning the term LatinX in government documents and Critical Race Theory.
Amongst the other executive orders signed within the first few hours of the governor's tenure was a freeze on state government hiring, a review of current executive orders, a review of unemployment benefits to catch fraudsters, and a ban on TikTok on state devices.
“Government must be the servant of the people,” Sanders said as a pretext for her signing ceremony. “The people are never to be servants of the government.”
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“Ethnically insensitive and pejorative language has no place in official government documents or government employee titles,” the executive order stated, according to ABC News 7. “The government has a responsibility to respect its citizens and use ethnically appropriate language, particularly when referring to ethnic minorities.”
The executive order went on to add the change will “respect the Latino community by eliminating culturally insensitive words from official use in government” and that any use of the terms “Latinx, latinx, Latinxs, and latinxs” would be halted within 60 days, as reported by The Daily Wire.
Another noteworthy executive order focused on banning Critical Race Theory from schools. Sanders has made education a central pillar of her campaign saying during her inaugural address that “we will empower parents with more choices so that no child is ever trapped in a failing school or sentenced to a lifetime in poverty.”
Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "we will empower parents with more choices so that no child is ever trapped in a failing school or sentenced to a lifetime in poverty." pic.twitter.com/milscBe8B0
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“As long as I am governor, our schools will focus on the skills our children need to get ahead in the modern world – not brainwashing our children with a left-wing political agenda,” the new governor explained, adding that “schools must educate, not indoctrinate.”
“[Critical Race Theory] emphasizes skin color as a person’s primary characteristic, thereby resurrecting segregationist values, which America has fought so hard to reject,” the executive order said. “It is the policy of this administration that CRT, discrimination, and indoctrination have no place in Arkansas classrooms.”
As Sanders follows in her father's, who served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, footsteps, the state of Arkansas is headed for a prosperous four years where a true conservative trailblazer ousts leftism from her state and instead incorporates the values that made this nation great into education and government.
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