Critical Race Theory Top Issue in Virginia Election, Democrats Still Insist It ‘Isn’t Real’

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 02: Five-year-old Savannah Angel Harris picks up a sticker reading "Future Voter" while accompanying her mother to vote at the Fairfax County Government Center on November 02, 2021 in Fairfax, Virginia. Virginians are voting in a gubernatorial race that pits businessman, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin against …
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Critical race theory (CRT) being taught in schools was a top issue among Virginia voters, a Fox News Voter Analysis survey found.

“The survey, which polled more than 2,500 Virginia voters, found that 25 percent of them viewed the CRT debate as the single most important factor they considered when deciding who to support for governor,” according to the report.

Out of the quarter of voters who considered CRT to be the greatest election priority, 70 percent voted for now-Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) and 29 percent cast their ballots for Democrat Terry McAuliffe. As a whole, 72 percent of voters said CRT was “important” to them, and 28 percent said it was not.

The Associated Press

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin arrives to speak at an election night party in Chantilly, VA, early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“The debate over the controversial curriculum was a main topic on the campaign trail in recent weeks highlighted by stark differences between Youngkin and McAuliffe regarding the severity of the issue,” according to the report.

Critical race theory (CRT) is a Marxist ideology that argues, “all of society is racialized and properly viewed through a prism of identity groups based on race and color, with minorities being the oppressed while white people serve as the oppressor.” Moreover, “CRT teaches that white people are inherently and irredeemably racist and benefit from various systemically racist power structures that white people have put in place and perpetuate,” Breitbart News reported.

“CRT is an inherently racist ideology and is able to gain public traction as its proponents employ semantically overloaded phrases like ‘anti-racist,’ ‘equity,’ ‘social justice,’ ‘culturally responsive teaching,’ and ‘diversity and inclusion.’ Because of the palatable nature of these phrases, it is important to define terms like ‘equity’ and ‘anti-racist’ in order to understand the inherent issues with CRT,” the report continued. 

Youngkin positioned himself as an enemy to the woke indoctrination of K-12 students, whereas McAuliffe teamed up with far-leftists in the Democrat Party and even said parents should not tell schools what to teach their children.

US President Joe Biden (L) and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe gesture during a campaign event at Virginia Highlands Park in Arlington, Virginia on October 26, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe gesture during a campaign event at Virginia Highlands Park in Arlington, Virginia, on October 26, 2021. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

McAuliffe, like many media personalities and Democrats, mistakenly dismissed and mischaracterized the battle over CRT, calling it a “dog whistle” made up by former President Donald Trump to divide Americans. In contrast, Youngkin apparently made concerned parents feel heard, especially after swathes of evidence surfaced over the past year proving that leftist educators, school boards, teachers’ unions, and the Biden administration are, in fact, pushing critical race theory.

Despite the surprising Republican win in a blue/sometimes purple stronghold state, Democrats are largely still insisting that worried parents who voted for Youngkin over CRT are “white supremacists” who do not want to talk about race — many not taking the opportunity to speak critically about the issue and reconfigure the party’s strategy moving forward. During election and post-election coverage, corporate media personalities also largely waffled between pretending CRT is not “real” and swinging in the opposite direction, conflating it with “America’s history” and advocating for its widespread teaching in schools.

“Critical race theory, which isn’t real, turned the suburbs 15 points to the Trump insurrection-endorsed Republican,” MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace said.

“[C]ritical race theory is the most recent more eloquent iteration of — of — of the southern strategy. Right? Whether it be crosstown bussing, whether it be the welfare queen, whether it be defund the police, this original sin of America keeps evolving and critical race theory is — is — is the most — most latest and most eloquent, quite frankly, iteration of the southern strategy and a way, quite frankly, to tribalize an election and tribalize an electorate in a way to drive up — drive up the white vote,” MSNBC’s Cornell Belcher said.

During CNN’s election coverage on Tuesday, CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers said that critical race theory — which he has previously said, “can go by another name: America’s history” and is something that “we need to teach” — is not taught in K-12 schools and that pushing to ban CRT is playing the race card.

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison refused to be corrected during an interview with ABC News correspondent Kyra Phillips when he claimed CRT is a legal theory and is not used in schools.

“No, no, no, which schools [has] it been incorporated? Critical race theory is something that is taught in law schools. It’s not taught in public schools, in K-12, and that’s a bunch of hooey,” he said.

Far-left Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), who pushed for defunding the police while paying thousands for private security, tweeted the tired Biden administration line that “white supremacy is the single greatest threat to our democracy” following the Virginia election.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: White supremacy is the single greatest threat to our democracy. And fear-mongering about critical race theory is an extension of that. It’s disgusting that blaming Black people for your problems is still a reliable pathway to victory,” she said. 

Cutting through the media muck, a simple internet search quickly remedies the Democrat lie that CRT is not being taught in schools and pushed by elites — see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here.

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