Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears pushed back mightily on CNN’s Dana Bash after the host claimed that critical race theory was not being taught in the state’s public schools.
The segment began with Bash acknowledging that Sears, a Republican, made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to statewide office in Virginia, though Sears, who has said many times that was not her objective, nevertheless said she sees the importance of setting an example for others to follow.
Then Bash turned to education, noting that Sears ran on a platform of opposing critical race theory as did GOP Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin.
“Let’s talk about education more broadly. You opposed Critical Race Theory taught in schools which I should say is not part of Virginia’s curriculum,” Bash said.
“You did say though that the good and the bad of American history should be taught, and that — we should also tell viewers you’re at former vice president of the Virginia Board of Education. Explain how you think race should be taught in Virginia public schools,” the host added.
“Well, let me back up. I beg to differ that CRT is not taught,” Sears countered.
“I didn’t say that. I just said it’s not in the curriculum, just to be clear,” Bash went on to say.
“No, no, no, no, it is part of the curriculum, it is weaved (sic) in and out of the curriculum,” Sears continued, explaining that while lesson plans may not actually say “Critical Race Theory,” the controversial material’s principles had been interwoven into the standard curriculum over time.
“In fact, in 2015, former governor, who was just defeated, McAuliffe, his state Board of Education had information on how to teach it, so it’s weaved in. So you know, it’s semantics, but it’s weaved in,” she explained.
At that, the lieutenant governor also said she thinks it’s important to teach all of history to include “the good, the bad and the ugly,” because that’s the only way to lear from past mistakes.
“But while we’re talking about history, how about we talk about how people, from the 1890s, black people from the 1890s to about 1950 or 1960 according to the U.S. Census, had been marrying in a percentage that had far surpassed anything that whites had ever done,” she said.
“When we talk about the Tulsa race riots, let’s ask ourselves how did the black people amass so much wealth right after the Civil War, so that it could even be destroyed? How do they do that?” Sears continued.
“You know, they were coming from nothing, from zero, some of them never even got the ’40 acres and a mule.’ Let’s try to emulate that,” Sears added.
“The one thing that the slaves wanted, well, three top things, their freedom, certainly, then the next thing was they wanted to find their families and the third thing was they wanted an education, and my God, when did education become a bad word among black people? No!” Sears noted further, noting that she is the result of a good education herself.
“Education lifted my father out of poverty when he came to America with only $1.75, education lifted me, because I have to find my own way in this world, and education will lift all of us,” she concluded.