(USA Features) J.D. Vance, the award-winning author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” said Thursday he believes opponents of the controversial critical race theory curriculum are winning the battle to keep it out of schools.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Vance ripped a school district in Virginia that has become ‘ground zero’ for the CRT battle following an incident this week in which two parents were arrested and hauled out of the meeting in handcuffs for expressing their views against the materials during a raucous event.
He went on to speculate that parents who are refusing “to be controlled” and are “proud” of the country their ancestors built are winning the argument.
“We know that so many parents, Black, White, Democrats even, especially Republicans of course, they don’t like to teach their kids that this is fundamentally a terrible racist country,” he said.
“They don’t want this crap in their schools,” he continued.
Vance referenced the Loudoun County School District where the two parents were arrested, one of them violently, during a Tuesday meeting before hundreds of parents.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” a spokesman for the Loudoun County Public Schools said after deputies took two attendees out of the room in handcuffs, according to Reuters.
But Vance said to him, it is obvious that the growing opposition to CRT is indicative that the pushback is successful, and he suggested that efforts to keep parents from speaking out will backfire.
“They should be allowed to express that viewpoint and I think the fact that people are trying to shut them up suggests we’re actually winning,” he added.
“Our side is actually winning in this, which means that in Loudoun County but also across the country we’ve got to keep on pressing this case, and keep on making this argument.”
He speculated that “one of the silver lines of the lockdowns maybe” was parents finding out about CRT curriculum.
“Parents actually figured out what was going on in their schools,” he said.
“You don’t have a country unless you can feel some sense of respect and some sense of appreciation for where you came from, for where you’re going,” Vance continued.
“This idea that America is inherently racist and evil, what it takes from us is a pride of place in our own country, the place that we call home,” he said, referencing CRT teachings.
Being “proud of the place our parents and grandparents built should mean that we have to pushback against this stuff,” he told the outlet.