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Impact of Critical Race Theory on Virginia racing, the policy discussed at the UVA event

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (WVIR) – We all heard tons of ads and talking points about parents, education, and critical race theory for months during the Virginia gubernatorial race.

Now political analysts are talking about the role it has played in the race and will play in the future.

This dialogue took place at the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ annual American Democracy Conference.

“Nobody forces” [Critical Race Theory] in K-12, ”said the former Virginia Del. David Ramadan, a Republican. “It doesn’t exist in K-12 in Virginia, doesn’t exist anywhere in K12, but if we just talk about each other, and it happens.”

That was a warning from Ramadan that was a common warning when the panellists discussed political polarization.

Why the CRT platform might have played a role in Virginia’s races – Daman Irby of the University of Virginia, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, has a theory.

“Parents have been locked in their homes with many of their children for a year, taking a special look at education that they did not have before, and they are more involved in their children’s lives than before,” said Irby.

The other part of the strategy is of course the race.

“It’s a strong force. It was from the very beginning of republic history, ”said Jamelle Bouie, a Charlottesville-based opinion columnist for the New York Times. “Politicians won elections because they have a kind of demagoguery on racial issues.”

Bouie said this may not change anytime soon.

“Given these things that serve to re-describe racial differences, which serve to reinforce racial ideologies, I am not – this is the most depressing answer I can give – but I don’t think race is going away in America Politics to disappear or to lose its importance. “

A main topic of the conference was a new project from the “Project Home Fire”, an initiative in cooperation with the UVA-Zentrum für Politik. This project asked hundreds of questions to Biden and Trump voters to learn more about political polarization. You can read about the project and some of its results here.

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