CRT is taught to elementary school kids in Loudoun County, Virginia.— Marina Medvin ?? (@MarinaMedvin) October 27, 2021
White kids vilified based on skin color.
“My 6 yr year somberly came to me and asked if she was born evil b/c she was a white person, something she learned in a history lesson at school.”pic.twitter.com/GCPvLJcIku
Virginia 2020 —> White women— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 3, 2021
50% Biden (D), 49% Trump (R)
Virginia 2021 —> White women
57% Youngkin (R), 43% McAuliffe (D)
A 15-point swing to the GOP with this group.
(via @NBCNews Exit Polls)
Digging a little deeper on this ?— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 3, 2021
WHITE WOMEN COLLEGE GRADS
VA 2020: 58% Biden, 41% Trump
VA 2021: 62% McAuliffe, 38% Youngkin
WHITE WOMEN NON-COLLEGE
VA 2020: 56% Trump, 44% Biden
VA 2021: 75% Youngkin, 25% McAuliffe
(via @NBCNews Exit Polls)
VA by region:— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) November 3, 2021
NoVa: McAuliffe+26 (Biden+38)
Rchmnd Area: McAuliffe+3 (Biden+16)
Hmptn Rds: McAuliffe+3 (Biden+16)
Southside: Youngkin+36 (Trump+22)
SWVA: Youngkin+53 (Trump+45)
Shen. Vly: Youngkin+33 (Trump+22)
Piedmont: Youngkin+11 (Biden+2)
Tidewater: Youngkin+28 (Trump+16) pic.twitter.com/Qs4bj9uGsj
Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia definitely matters.
It matters because it was suburban White women in places like Loudoun County and Chesterfield County who elected him. The GOP has been struggling with this group and won them back because they used CRT as a wedge issue to run the most racially charged campaign in decades.
“A Virginia mother told a local school board last week that her six year-old daughter had been told she was ‘born evil’ for being white during a history lesson in scandal-hit Loudoun County.
The unidentified woman claims she moved her daughter out of the district because of the school curriculum.
She blamed former Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams; his successor, Dr. Scott Ziegler, and the school board for the alleged slur.
‘We had specifically moved them out of LCPS due to the swift and uncompromising political agenda of Superintendents Williams, Ziegler, and the school board had forced upon us,’ the mother said.
‘First, it was in the early spring of 2020 when my six-year-old somberly came to me and asked me if she was born evil because she was a white person.
‘Something she learned in a history lesson at school.’ …”
The issue that sunk Terry McAuliffe in Virginia was that White children were being taught in public schools that they were “born evil.” 75% of White women without a college degree voted for Youngkin. McAuliffe actually improved with college educated White women. All the GOP had to do to swing White women to Youngkin by 15 points was to make anti-white indoctrination the issue. Donald Trump avoided the issue until October 2020 and it wasn’t a major part of his campaign.
Yes, Glenn Youngkin is a True Con and a cuck and the GOP probably isn’t going to do shit about this, but the lesson that they will draw from this race is that this is how you activate and drive turnout and close the gender gap among White women. The obvious lesson that we should draw from this is that White working class mothers are far from a hopeless cause. They responded en masse to this type of messaging. The idea that their kids are being taught to hate themselves for being White and transformed into little woke monsters struck a nerve. Once again, we see that Donald Trump had stupid people like Jared Kushner running his campaign on issues like the Platinum Plan, which is why he lost the 2020 election.
Moral of the story: White women get too much shit for not seeing what is at stake in traditional GOP campaigns and some people read too much into that.
Ross Douthat points out the obvious here.
“Watching Terry McAuliffe stumble to defeat in a state that Joe Biden won by 10 points exactly one year ago tonight, a mild suggestion seems in order: Democrats probably need a new way to talk about progressive ideology and education.
In the Virginia race the script for both candidates was straightforward and consistent: Glenn Youngkin attacked critical race theory, combining it with a larger attack on how the education bureaucracy has handled the pandemic, while McAuliffe denied that anything like C.R.T. was being taught in Virginia schools and also insisted that the whole controversy was a racist dog whistle.
The problem with the McAuliffe strategy is that it fell back on technicalities — as in, yes, fourth-graders in the Commonwealth of Virginia are presumably not being assigned the academic works of Derrick Bell — while evading the context that has made this issue part of a polarizing national debate.
That context, obvious to any sentient person who lived through the last few years, is an ideological revolution in elite spaces in American culture, in which concepts heretofore associated with academic progressivism have permeated the language of many important institutions, from professional guilds and major foundations to elite private schools and corporate H.R. departments.
Critical race theory is an imperfect term for this movement, too narrow and specialized to capture its full complexity. But a new form of racecraft clearly lies close to the heart of the new progressivism, with the somewhat different, somewhat overlapping ideas of figures like Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo enjoying particular influence. And that influence extends into schools and public-education bureaucracies, where Kendi and DiAngelo and their epigones often show up on resources recommended to educators — like the racial-equity reading list sent around in 2019 by one state educational superintendent, for instance, which recommended both DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” and an academic treatise on the “Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education.” …”
Who knew that White identity politics was the key to winning White suburban women back to the GOP? Why did this never occur to any of the geniuses who run these campaigns before?
Note: As we have stressed all year, there is a lot of evidence that White identity has grown stronger since the George Floyd riots and the rollout of systematic racism. We’ve been watching it in the polls and now we can confirm that Whites are more receptive to these appeals.