Still, he acknowledged that Republicans had “figured out how to send a message.”
The message goes back to Mr. Trump, who, in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign, announced the formation of the 1776 Commission, which was explicitly established to link what he said was “left-wing indoctrination” to schools with sometimes violent protests. for police killings.
Leading historians mocked a commission report; Biden canceled the project on his first day in office, but his impact lingers on the right.
Media Matters for America, a liberal group, documented an increase in negative news coverage of critical race theory by Fox News beginning in mid-2020 and increasing in April, with 235 mentions. And the Pew Research Center found last year that Americans were deeply divided about their perceptions of racial discrimination. More than 60 percent of Conservatives said it was a bigger problem for people to see discrimination where it doesn’t exist, rather than ignoring the discrimination that actually exists. Only 9 percent of liberals agreed.
Some Democratic strategists said the issue was a political responsibility for his party. Ruy Teixeira, a senior member of the Center for American Progress, who leaned to the left, recently wrote: “The steady march of” anti-racist “ideology toward school curricula” will generate a backlash among normal parents “.
In an interview, he criticized leading Democrats for not calling critical theory of race for fear that it would “drop the anger of party elements.”
In Loudoun County, Virginia, groups of grieving parents are forming, one calling itself “anti-racist” and the other opposing what it considers the fluidity of critical race theory in the school district, which enrolls 81,000. students of diversifying the region outside of Washington.
After a 2019 report found a gap in racial achievement, disproportionate discipline was applied to Hispanic and black students, and the common use of racial insults in schools, administrators adopted a “plan to combat systemic racism. “. It requires compulsory teacher training in “systemic oppression and implicit bias”.