Chip and Joanna Gaines donate to campaign fighting against Critical Race Theory in schools

Chip and Joanna Gaines, who originally came to fame on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and have now expanded to the Discovery Channel, made a donation of $1,000 to a campaign that is fighting critical race theory.

The sum was given to Shannon Braun’s campaign who is running for the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District (GCISD) School Board. Braun is Chip Gaines’ sister. She is running in the June 5 runoff election against incumbent trustee Mindy McClure. Chip Gaines’ parents also donated $2,000 to the campaign, according to The Dallas Morning News

Braun’s platform specifically focuses on giving “our kids the education they deserve.” She is staunchly against critical race theory which she contends is “the single most divisive threat” in education.

“I will vote down anything and everything that further promotes critical race theory in our school district and actively work to remove all critical race theory,” Braun declared in a video that was posted on her campaign Facebook page.

(Video Credit: Shannon Braun for GCISD Place 1)

According to Education Week, critical race theory teaches “that racism is a social construct, and that it is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.”

“It’s an approach to grappling with a history of white supremacy that rejects the belief that what’s in the past is in the past, and that the laws and systems that grow from that past are detached from it,” Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor and a founding critical race theorist informed CNN.

A growing number of conservatives claim that Texas school districts are trying to implement the controversial theory. They ostensibly oppose it because it teaches through the lens of racism and segregation. Parents are looking to prevent racial or sexual stereotyping from being introduced into teaching curriculums. They also reportedly want to halt political activism in schools.

Braun is accusing the board of bringing in critical race theory and that her opponent, incumbent trustee Mindy McClure, supports the social justice platform. Materials relating to the proposed teaching were available online until May 13 when they were suddenly taken down.

The GCISD released a statement trying to explain away their actions: “The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, are state standards for what students should know and be able to do in each grade level.”

“These are adopted by the State Board of Education and are then shared with school districts across the state to determine curriculum to best meet these standards. As we encourage our students to take ownership of their learning, they often have choice in how they approach an assignment or the topic they research and study, as long as they can demonstrate mastery of the TEKS. This does not mean, however, that Critical Race Theory is part of GCISD’s curriculum,” the statement waffled.

Note that this is not a clear-cut denial that critical race theory is being introduced into the schools’ curriculums.

The Gaines, who transformed Waco with their business endeavors and increased its tourism through their Magnolia brand, have attempted to stay out of politics, and instead focus on their faith, family, and work. In 2017, BuzzFeed attempted to smear the couple for attending a so-called anti-LGBTQ church. The couple  responded that they wanted everyone to treat people “with dignity and with love.”

The dynamic couple found strong support on Twitter:

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