From CNN | OpinionAnalysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
In the final days of the Virginia governor's race, Republican Glenn Youngkin did everything he could to suggest the contest was a referendum on what is being taught to the commonwealth's schoolchildren.
"There's no place for critical race theory in our school system, and why, on day one, I'm going to ban it," Youngkin told Fox News' Mark Levin over the weekend, adding that critical race theory "teaches children to see everything through a lens of race and then to divide them into buckets and have children [who] are called privileged and others [who] are victims."
To be clear: There can be a serious discussion -- and disagreement -- over the best ways to teach our kids about race and racism. That's a legitimate debate. That's not what we have in this country at the moment.
Instead we have conservative media -- and politicians -- erroneously suggesting that CRT teaches White kids they are bad and to blame for the racial problems in the country. And, unfortunately, people don't do any of their own research to even understand the basics of what CRT is and what the debate over it is really about.
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