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Youngkin: ‘Day One, I’m Going to Ban’ CRT

By Megan Williams | November 1, 2021 | 3:10pm EDT
Glenn Youngkin, former president and chief operating officer of the Carlyle Group, speaks on June 8, 2017 in New York, USA. (Photo credit: Misha Friedman/Getty Images)
Glenn Youngkin, former president and chief operating officer of the Carlyle Group, speaks on June 8, 2017 in New York, USA. (Photo credit: Misha Friedman/Getty Images)

Glenn Youngkin, Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate, reminded Americans of “the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we’re called to judge one another based on the content of our character and not the color of our skin," on Sunday's "Life, Liberty & Levin."

"And that’s why there’s no place for critical race theory in our school system, and why on day one, I’m going to ban” critical race theory.

“And of course, what we know is it teaches children to see everything through a lens of race and then to divide them into buckets and to have children that are called privileged and others that are victims, and it’s just wrong and, in fact, forces our kids to compete against one another and steals their dreams."

Below is a transcript of Life, Liberty & Levin:

Mark Levin: “Why do you think the Democrat Party, and [Terry] McAuliffe in particular, embraces critical race theory -- which is this radical, racist theory that was born from a Marxist in law school at Harvard University? 

“You would think that he would denounce it, that the entire Democrat Party would denounce it, but he pretends it’s not happening, and then he accuses you of using it to divide people.”

Glenn Youngkin: “Yeah, I have not understood why he has been so dismissive of what we know is happening in our schools. And in fact, I found the first instances of it being introduced into our school system during his administration, where they started to use training material to introduce critical race theory into the classroom. 

“And of course, what we know is it teaches children to see everything through a lens of race and then to divide them into buckets and to have children that are called privileged and others that are victims, and it’s just wrong and, in fact, forces our kids to compete against one another and steals their dreams. And, you know, in the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we’re called to judge one another based on the content of our character and not the color of our skin.

"And that’s why there’s no place for critical race theory in our school system, and why on day one, I’m going to ban it.”

Levin: “Yeah, it dehumanizes the individual when you look at everything through race. And that’s the whole point: you know, group think, brainwashing, collectivism.

“Let me ask you this. You’re very familiar with the Loudoun County school board; the whole nation is at this point. They have been running roughshod over the parents and the taxpayers; you get one minute to speak, you have to stand outside in the rain, and on and on and on. 

“You have denounced this school board, I believe. And I believe you've also asked for those members to resign. Why is that?”

Youngkin: “Well, I have asked for them to resign. I’ve asked for a full investigation of the Loudoun County school board, the Loudoun County school superintendent, and the commonwealth attorney there because over the course of the last many months, they’ve clearly demonstrated that one, they’re not listening to parents, but it reached an escalated acute level when they, in fact, secretly moved a young man who has now been found to have sexually assaulted a young woman in a bathroom, and while he was being investigated and prosecuted, they moved him quietly into another school, and hid it from parents and from the public, and then he sexually assaulted -- at least alleged -- sexually assaulted another young woman.

“They are absolutely guilty of gross negligence and not fulfilling their constitutional duty to make sure that our children receive a quality education. I mean, there’s nothing more important than the trust that parents place in schools. 

“And, of course, as parents stood up for this and made their voices heard, what happens is that my opponent, Terry McAuliffe -- and Joe Biden -- they, in fact, go to the national U.S. Attorney General. And the next thing you know, the Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating parents.

“I mean, this is just so fundamentally wrong, that all of a sudden the Department of Justice has been turned into a political tool to silence parents and strip them of their First Amendment rights, not to mention the right they have in Virginia to be fully engaged, actually have a real say in their children’s education. 

“Virginia law says they have a fundamental right to make decisions with regards to their children’s education. And here we see the school board in Loudoun County, we see the commonwealth attorney in Loudoun County, and we actually see the federal government trying to interrupt that right and make parents in Loudoun County sit down and be quiet.”  

Megan Williams is a CNSNews intern and junior at Hillsdale College. She is majoring in Rhetoric and Public Address with a Journalism minor. She is the assistant opinions editor for the Hillsdale Collegian and enjoys covering local events, from concerts to conventions. Born and raised in Southern California, Megan is excited to experience D.C. and grow as a journalist with CNSNews.

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