World Northam gives Ibram X. Kendi keynote speech as McAuliffe dismisses CRT concerns
Virginia governor's race dead even less than two weeks from Election Day: poll
The closely watched gubernatorial race in Virginia between Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin is all tied up, according to a new poll.McAuliffe and Youngkin are both at 46% among Virginia registered voters, according to a Monmouth University survey conducted Oct. 16-19 and released on Wednesday.
Ibram X. Kendi, founder of the "anti-racism" movement, which critics say applies critical race theory, will deliver a "keynote plenary" speech at theGovernor's Housing Conference. News of the speech comes as Terry McAuliffe, whom Gov. Ralph Northam has endorsed, has dismissed concerns about critical race theory as a "racist dog whistle."
The Virginia Governor's Housing Conference (VAGHC) will take place on Nov. 10-12, just over a week after the governor's race ends. Kendi will deliver the keynote speech at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, according to the.
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McAuliffe, who faces a stiff election challenge from Republican Glenn Youngkin, has repeatedly dismissed parents' concerns about CRT.
"Critical race theory is not taught in Virginia. Critical race theory has never been taught in Virginia. This is a racist dog whistle, and I hate it," he told CBS News in a recent interview. "Here you and I are talking about an issue that doesn't exist."
Yet parents have claimed that CRT, athat involves deconstructing aspects of society to discover systemic racism beneath the surface, influences many aspects of Virginia's government, including education.
Last year,Kendi $20,000 to speak to the administration and school leaders about racism for about an hour. Parents Defending Education, an organization of parents that aims to "reclaim our schools from activists imposing harmful agendas," showing that Loudoun County Schools paid more than $300,000 to The Equity Collaborative for "training." The collaborative's training materials begin with an "Intro to Critical Race Theory."
Virginia parents to McAuliffe: Our concerns aren't just a 'divisive' Youngkin campaign tactic
Virginia parents speaking to Fox News on Wednesday condemned some recent comments by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe as "insulting" and "dismissive."Last week, McAuliffe dismissed parents' concerns about education in the commonwealth as being part of a "divisive tactic" "generated by his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin.
Virginia's Department of Education isa book that says, "Teachers must embrace theories such as critical race theory."
"Elected officials throughout the Commonwealth have repeatedly insisted that critical race theory is not being implemented in the state of Virginia," Nicole Neily, a Virginia mother and president of Parents Defending Education, told Fox News on Thursday. "Unfortunately, significant evidence exists to the contrary."
"Districts such as Fairfax and Loudoun County have presentations and contracts proving that CRT is in schools, while taxpayer funds are being spent on a keynote by Ibram X. Kendi — the high priest of critical race theory — to speak at the Virginia Governor's Housing Conference," Neily added. "Actions speak louder than words — and these contracts underscore a commitment to a theory that many Virginians dislike."
Northam, McAuliffe and the Virginia Governor's Housing Conference did not respond to Fox News' request for comments or clarification, but a spokesman for Glenn Youngkin, McAuliffe's Republican opponent, condemned McAuliffe and Northam for using taxpayer money to promote CRT.
"Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam have used taxpayer money to promote critical race theory," Younkin spokesman Matt Wolking told Fox News. "Virginians are sick of McAuliffe’s divisive political agenda and the chaos it’s causing, and that’s why Republicans, Independents and Democrats are coming together in support of Glenn Youngkin."
How Virginia voters decided between Youngkin, McAuliffe: Fox News Voter Analysis: .
Republican Glenn Youngkin bested Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race, racking up strong margins among reliably Republican groups -- plus making inroads among key Democratic constituencies. Youngkin, a former businessman, became the first Republican to win statewide office in Virginia since Bob McDonnell won the governorship in 2009. President Biden won the state by 10 points a year ago, and outgoing Gov. Ralph Northam won by 9 points in 2017.