UPDATED 10:23 AM PT – Monday, November 1, 2021
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe doubled down on his belief that government, not parents, should have the final say on what kids learn. While appearing on Meet the Press Sunday, the former governor was applauded by the audience when commenting parents can’t decide their kids curriculum.
The Democrat also said that experts know much more about what kids should be taught than parents ever will. According to McAuliffe, wanting parents to control their kids education is just racist dog whistling by his opponent Glenn Youngkin.
“He wants to ban Toni Morrison’s book “Beloved,” so he’s going after one of the most prominent female African American writers in American history…won the Nobel Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and he wants her books banned,”said McAuliffe. “Now in all the hundreds of books you could look at, why did you take the one black female author? Why did you do it? He’s ending the campaign on a racist dog whistle.”
The controversy is based on a bill vetoed by then-governor McAuliffe in 2013, which was supposed to allow parents to know that explicit material was going to be taught in the classroom.
Youngkin believes parents should have the final say in what is taught to their kids in schools. He took to Twitter to note, “let’s rise above the rhetoric, rise above the division, and enable the dreams and pursuits of the next generation by securing safety and excellence in our schools.”
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