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In the rush to defend Critical Race Theory (CRT) and assert that conservatives were whining about nothing by insisting that CRT wasn’t ever actually being taught in schools, push-back against that line of thought has come via Virginia’s new Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears.
Sears slammed the left for using what she calls “semantics” to deny that CRT was ever being taught, speaking to Fox News‘ “America Reports” on Monday:
“I can tell you that they are using semantics, the other side is. When it comes to CRT, it is definitely being taught in some form or fashion. We know last year the Loudoun County school board spent about 300,000 plus dollars, that’s real money, that’s going to jail money, to bring CRT in some form or fashion, they used a consultant specifically for CRT.”
“Before all that, in 2015, the then school superintendent, the state school superintendent, spoke directly about CRT and encouraged the teaching of it, and then two years later, you will note that the Virginia State Board of Education on its official website recommended books on CRT. Let’s talk about what’s really happening. Our children are not learning. We don’t have time to teach about oppression, that the child is a victim, that the White kids are the oppressors. We don’t have time in a school day for that. Let’s talk about history – we know we don’t want to repeat it, let’s teach it,” Sears continued.
On his first day in office Saturday, newly elected Governor Glenn Youngkin proved as good as his word, signing an executive order “to restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education,” which effectively banned the teaching of CRT in schools. In addition, Youngkin signed an order to investigate Loudoun County school officials, who can’t seem to escape national headlines in the cultural battles over CRT and trans ideology.
Sears felt that instead of the endless drumbeat of guilt over the past, there are signs that times are changing, reflecting on the fact that she herself, an immigrant black woman, is now the lieutenant governor of a former Confederate state:
“I am proof we are progressing. I am an immigrant and in the former capital of the Confederacy; I’m second in command of eight-point some million people. When are we going to say ‘we can make it, we are making it.’ Let’s look at life as being overcomers. This, too, we will overcome. Say that to Black and Brown children and all other children. Say that to them instead of constantly being divisive. Martin Luther King Jr., that’s what he would have wanted,” she said.
“We need to go forward, we can’t always keep looking back.”
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