A controversial bill that bans educating students on implicit race or gender bias in Michigan K-12 schools was fast-tracked with a 55-0 vote in the house on Tuesday after Democrats refused to vote, viewing it as a tool to remove teaching of institutional racism and genocide. The bill, HB 5097, furthers the conversation in Michigan legislature about how the history of racism in America and the continuation of racism should be taught in K-12 schools. Introduced in June 2021 by Rep. Andrew Beeler,\u00a0R-Fort Gratiot, the bill, which doesn't specifically mention the term critical race theory, would prohibit the state\u2019s core academic lessons from teaching race or gender stereotyping. Under the proposed legislation, curriculum at Michigan K-12 schools "must not, in any way, include the promotion of any form of race or gender stereotyping or anything that could be understood as implicit race or gender stereotyping," the bill, as passed by the House, reads. The bill defines race or gender-stereotyping as the following: That all individuals composing a racial or ethnic group or gender hold a collective quality or belief. That individuals act in certain ways or hold certain opinions because of their race or gender. That individuals are born racist or sexist by accident of their race or gender. That individuals bear collective guilt for historical wrongs committed by their race or gender. That race or gender is a better predictor of outcome than character, work ethic, or skills. That cultural norms or practices of a racial or ethnic group or gender are flawed and must be eliminated or changed to conform with those of another racial or ethnic group or gender. According to reporting by MLive, Democrats gave impassioned speeches on the House floor, saying the bill is an attempt to \u201cpolice history\u201d taught in Michigan classrooms and \u201cwhitewash\u201d American history altogether. Republicans said on Tuesday they are trying to protect students from feeling uncomfortable about certain lessons and to prohibit teaching that one racial group is the \u201coppressor\u201d and everyone else the \u201cvictim," according to reporting by MLive. The debate is not new. Critical race theory, a way of thinking about America\u2019s history through the lens of racism, was developed during the 1970s and 1980s in response to what some viewed as a lack of racial progress following the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, according reporting by AP. It centers on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation's institutions and that they function to maintain the dominance of white people in society. And, the idea of teaching it in schools has sparked controversy since it popped into the mainstream last year when then-President Trump took aim at it and the 1619 Project during a White House event focused on the nation's history. He called both \u201ca crusade against American history\u201d and \u201cideological poison that ... will destroy our country.\u201d There is little to no evidence that critical race theory itself is being taught to K-12 public school students, though some ideas central to it, such as lingering consequences of slavery, have been. In Greenwich, Connecticut, some middle school students were given a \u201cwhite bias\u201d survey that parents viewed as being part of the theory, according to reporting by AP. In September, Midland Public Schools Superintendent Michael Sharrow noted in a weekly Superintendent Communique that Critical Race Theory is not part of the MPS curriculum \u2014 but diversity, equity and inclusion are important parts of the curriculum. "Midland Public Schools has received several inquiries regarding Critical Race Theory," the communique reads in part. "It is important for our school community to know that Critical Race Theory is not part of the MPS curriculum. MPS is actively working to enhance our culture and learning environment so every student and staff member feels safe, supported and a sense of true belonging. This is important for overall wellbeing as well as academic growth and achievement." The bill now advances to the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate for consideration.