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Civil rights leader says McAuliffe’s ‘insulting’ race-based teacher plan ‘echoes critical race theory’

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Civil rights leader Bob Woodson and Virginia parent activists slammed former Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe for saying there are too many white teachers in the state’s school system.

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“It is explicitly and implicitly a racist approach to education,” argued Woodson, who is a civil rights veteran and president of The Woodson Center, in an interview with Fox News on Monday.

“We got to work hard to diversify our teacher base,” McAuliffe proclaimed at a campaign event in Manassas on Sunday. “Fifty percent of our students are students of color; 80 percent of the teachers are white, so what I’m going to do for you — we’ll be the first state in America. If you go teach in Virginia for five years in a high-demand area — that could be geographic, it could be course work — we will pay room, board, tuition, any college, any university, or any HBCU [historically Black colleges and universities] here in Virginia.”

Woodson called the idea racist and insulting.

“The assumption is that in order to recruit more black teachers that you’ve got to subsidize candidates in order for them to teach, they’re not offering this to white candidates,” he noted.

“It’s really insulting, too,” Woodson contended. “Why is he talking about providing special assistance to teachers, candidates, and then talking about HBCUs? That’s more than a [racist] dog whistle — that’s a dog megaphone.”

McAuliffe had repeatedly claimed that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in Virginia schools. He constantly asserted that the concept is a “racist dog whistle.” But Woodson contended that McAuliffe’s words and approach to teachers mirrors the theory.

“Everything he says echoes Critical Race Theory,” the civil rights leader remarked. “It automatically operates on the assumption that the most important aspect of our lives is race.”

He commented that a good education program “has nothing to do with the color of the teacher or the color of the student. It has to do with the presence of excellence.”

Woodson was joined in his opinion of McAuliffe’s race-based assertions by Asra Nomani, who is a Virginia mother and the vice president of strategy and investigations at Parents Defending Education.

“Terry McAuliffe has said out loud what we as parents have been noticing since June 2020 in the Commonwealth of Virginia: racism, discrimination, and prejudice in hiring and admissions in Virginia schools,” Nomani asserted to Fox News.

“State educrats and local school boards are using the excuse of ‘equity’ and ‘diversity’ to bring race-based discrimination and racial balancing to our school districts, from the way they are hiring teachers and staff for schools to the process by which they are selecting students for the state’s most advanced high school,” she declared. “It’s a new racism of judging people by the color of their skin, not evaluating them based on merit. We must reject this new racism.”

“The more McAuliffe speaks, the more he shows he doesn’t understand the issues facing Virginians,” Laura Zorc, who is the executive director at Building Education for Students Together (BEST), told Fox News in an interview on Monday. “Which makes sense because, despite his public statements, he sent four of his five children to private high schools.”

Zorc pointed a finger at McAuliffe and accused him of “deflecting from the real issue, which is parental rights in education, by trying to make teachers’ pay about race. If he supported parents as much as he did the teachers’ unions, he wouldn’t be falling behind in the polls.”

“Instead of calling out teachers’ unions for pushing CRT in the classroom or defending parents from an out-of-control Justice Department, McAuliffe is doubling down on Big Education talking points and focusing on teachers’ skin color,” Jessica Anderson, the executive director at Heritage Action, said to Fox News. “This is nothing more than a deflection away from a failed anti-parent, anti-student message.”

“Earlier this year, McAuliffe stated that he doesn’t ‘think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,'” she stated. “Virginia parents are sick and tired of the racist CRT agenda and will not stand for a government that refuses to listen.”

McAuliffe’s stance against parents and in essence promoting Critical Race Theory is believed to be one of the primary reasons he lost the gubernatorial race to Republican Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday.

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