Va. Gov. Youngkin: ‘There’s Not a Course Called Critical Race Theory’ But All the Principles of CRT ‘Exist in Virginia Schools Today’

By Melanie Arter | January 17, 2022 | 1:51pm EST
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (Photo by Misha Friedman/Getty Images)
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (Photo by Misha Friedman/Getty Images)

( - Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin told “Fox News Sunday” there is no course called critical race theory in Virginia schools, but its principles exist in schools, which is why the governor signed an executive order that would “end the use of divisive concepts in schools.”

“Well, anyone who thinks that the concepts that actually underpin critical race theory are not in our schools has not been in the schools, and, oh, by the way, I think the school systems in Virginia, and particularly Loudon County, have been doing everything they can to try to obfuscate the fact that the curriculum has moved in a very, very opaque way that has hidden a lot of this from parents,” he said.

“And so, we, in fact, are going to increase transparency, so that parents can actually see what's being taught in schools, and we've instructed our board of education. I've instructed our secretary of education, our state superintendent of public schools, to review the curriculum and get racially divisive and other divisive teaching concepts out of the school system,” the governor said.

“We're not going to teach the children to view everything through a lens of race. Yes, we will teach all history, the good and the bad, because we can't know where we're going unless we know where we have come from, but to actually teach our children that one group is advantaged and the other disadvantaged simply because of the color of their skin cuts across everything we know to be true,” Youngkin said.

“And the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King ringing in our ears that we must judge one another by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. This is what will be the founding principle of our executive order and what we're going to do in Virginia schools,” the governor said.

When asked if it’s his contention that critical race theory is taught in schools, he said, “There's not a course called critical race theory. 

“All of the principles of critical race theory, the fundamental building blocks of actually accusing one group of being oppressors and another of being oppressed, of actually burdening children today for sins of the past, for teaching our children to judge one another based on the color of their skin, yes, that does exist in Virginia schools today, and that's why we have passed -- I signed the executive order yesterday to make sure that we get it out of our schools,” Youngkin said.

Host John Roberts said, “So, I ask the question about the courses in critical race theory, but, again, that's a contention of critics that there are no courses on critical race theory that are being taught in Virginia public schools, and Scott Maino, who's a member of Parents Against Critical Race Theory, has this message for you, Governor.

"He says: Promising to ban CRT is empty unless he, the governor, is willing to publicly state that he will also ban the tenets of CRT, as CRT is only a framework. So, will you ban the tenets of CRT and how do you ensure as you just said, that we will teach all of our history, the good and the bad, in a fair way?” Roberts asked.

“Well, first of all, that's exactly what we did yesterday was we actually went at the tenets of CRT. We went at the tenets of racially divisive concepts, because that's exactly where the underpinnings of CRT is embedded in -- embedded in our schools in Virginia,” Youngkin said.

“We absolutely have to recognize what the left liberals do here is try to obfuscate this issue by saying there's no course called critical race theory. Well, of course there's not in elementary school, but, in fact, there are absolutely the tenets of CRT present in the schools and that's what our executive order went at yesterday,” the governor said.

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