Sunday, August 1, 2021

Democrats Rapidly Losing Ground In Fight Over Critical Race Theory; It Isn’t Just Conservative Parents Opposing Critical Race Theory in Schools, and related stories

Democrats Rapidly Losing Ground In Fight Over Critical Race Theory:
After months of advocating for critical race theory in classrooms throughout the country, the Democratic Party is rapidly losing ground with voters over this controversial issue.
Recent polling indicates that the Democratic Party has overplayed its hand on this deeply contentious topic, with a recent poll from YouGov, sponsored by The Economist, found that 58 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of critical race theory, while only 38 percent of Americans had a favorable view.
An overwhelming 85 percent of Republicans who were surveyed had a very unfavorable view of critical race theory, with another 6 percent reporting that they had a somewhat unfavorable view. The split was notable partisan, with 58 percent of Democrats having a very favorable view in addition to 28 percent who self-reported a somewhat favorable view. --->READ MORE HERE
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It Isn’t Just Conservative Parents Opposing Critical Race Theory in Schools:
A long report from Politico out this morning reveals that the ongoing discontent over critical race theory in public schools isn’t confined to conservative or right-leaning parents. In reality, parents across the political spectrum have a host of complaints about what’s going on in public schools these days, including the recent push for including CRT’s controversial tenets and arguments in public-school curricula.
Here are a few key details from the piece:
On the national level, Democrats have insisted that the brush fires over critical race theory — which has become a political punching bag even for unrelated equity initiatives — are largely the work of right-wing activists who willfully misrepresent what it means, and they blame Fox News for fanning parents’ anger.

“That’s another right-wing conspiracy. This is totally made up by Donald Trump and [Republican candidate for governor] Glenn Youngkin,” Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said in June.

“I don’t think we would think that educating the youth and next and future leaders of the country on systemic racism is indoctrination,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki in May.

But those Democrats appear to be underestimating parents’ anger in places where critical race theory is top of mind. Objections to new equity plans are not the sole province of conservatives but extend to many moderate and independent voters, according to POLITICO interviews with school board members, political operatives and activists in Democratic and left-leaning communities including the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.; Palm Beach County, Fla.; New York’s Westchester County; Maricopa County covering Phoenix, Ariz.; and suburban Detroit.
These regions are hardly hotbeds of conservatism --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

‘People are scared’: Democrats lose ground on school equity plans

We Hear You: Nothing Nice About Peddling ‘Nice Racism,’ Critical Race Theory

Hawley Introduces Anti-CRT ‘Love America Act’ to Promote Patriotism in Schools

Biden admin’s school reopening guidelines included link to group promoting critical race theory

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