Still, he admitted that the Republicans had “figured out how to communicate this”.
The message goes back to Mr Trump, who in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign announced the formation of the 1776 Commission, specifically set up to link what he believed to be “leftist indoctrination” in schools with the sometimes violent protests about police murders.
A report by the commission was ridiculed by mainstream historians; Mr Biden canceled the project on his first day in office, but its impact on the right lingers.
Media affairs for America, a liberal group, documented a surge in negative coverage of critical racial theory by Fox News, which began in mid-2020 and rose to 235 mentions in April. And the Pew Research Center found last year that Americans were deeply divided about their perception of racial discrimination. Over 60 percent of Conservatives said it was a bigger problem that people see discrimination where it doesn’t exist rather than ignoring discrimination that really does exist. Only 9 percent of the Liberals agreed.
Some democratic strategists said the issue was a political burden on their party. Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow at the left-wing Center for American Progress, recently wrote, “The steady introduction of the ‘anti-racist’ ideology” into school curricula “will provoke a backlash among normal parents.”
In an interview he criticized leading Democrats for failing to invoke critical racial theory because they feared “it will tear down the wrath of the party’s Woker elements”.
In Loudoun County, Virginia, dueling parent groups, one calling itself “anti-racist” and the other battling what it sees as the creeping of critical racial theory in the school district of 81,000 students from a rapid diversification of the outside area from Washington.
After a 2019 report a racial performance gap, disproportionate discipline inflicted on black and Hispanic students, and the common use of racial slurs in schools, administrators passed a “Plan to Combat Systemic Racism. ”It calls for compulsory teacher training in“ systemic oppression and implicit bias ”.