By Diana Glebova
Democrats and their media allies were nearly unanimous: The Republican upset in the November Virginia gubernatorial election was a result of white supremacy.
It’s a common tune, one that more sober voices — even on the left — immediately dismissed for a more nuanced reality. The numbers following the election revealed something Democrats scramble to say they support, and still somehow failed to notice in this case: Diversity.
Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin attracted a more plural voting bloc than former President Donald Trump in 2020, capturing a greater amount of moderate and black voters. The appeal also led to several reliably liberal enclaves in northern Virginia to shift right by margins of 4-5 percent, even while remaining majority Democrat.
“Around the country and in Virginia, woke activists and educrats have launched a war on merit education and advanced learning,” Nomani said. “Many Asian, Hispanic and Black parents refused the narrative of minority parents who want education dumbed down.”
Vocal parents and teachers, a number of them minorities, came to school board meetings in the year leading up to the election, blasting critical race theory (CRT) in Virginia classrooms and policies against advanced learners. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate, said that the parents’ concern was a tactic “generated by Glenn Youngkin” and argued that parents had no right to tell schools what to teach in a debate a month before the vote.
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CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through ending merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.
Voters listened and gave Republicans control of every executive seat plus the House of Delegates. Youngkin received 50.57% of the vote, beating McAuliffe by over 2%.
Seventy-six percent of Youngkin voters said parents should have “a lot” of influence in school curriculums.