As we noted earlier, you can tell a lot about the difference between the campaigns of Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin who are both running for governor in Virginia.
One is concentrated on being nasty and political, the other is focused on the issues about which the voters care.
In Fairfax, McAuliffe will deliver remarks “denouncing” former President Trump’s tele-rally for Youngkin
In Loudoun County, Youngkin will hold a “Parents Matter Rally” #VAGOV
— Julia Manchester (@JuliaManch) November 1, 2021
But if that wasn’t going down the rabbit hole enough already, McAuliffe decided he wanted to put a final stake in his campaign with another divisive message. He complained that 80 percent of the teachers in the schools were white.
“We got to work hard to diversify our teacher base,” McAuliffe said at a campaign event in Manassas Sunday.
“Fifty percent of our students are students of color, 80% of the teachers are White, so what I’m going to do for you, we’ll be the first state in America,” he continued. “If you go teach in Virginia for five years in a high-demand area — that could be geographic, it could be course work — we will pay room, board, tuition, any college, any university, or any HBCU here in Virginia.”
The number is fairly close to the general population number in the U.S., which is about 77 percent white. But once again, this is just straight-up racist — where the focus of the hiring isn’t on who’s the best for the job, it’s on the person’s race. McAuliffe is saying it right there — that it’s all about race. It sounds like he’s aiming for a racial quota system.
Fox News said he didn’t respond to their request for comment on the issue.
The campaign did not clarify whether McAuliffe supports racial quotas for teachers. His campaign platform aims to “address modern-day segregation in our schools” and aims to “cultivate the next generation of highly qualified and diverse educators.”
This is a horrible move to make, right before the election. But it’s just on top of the other bad moves that have caused his campaign to implode including smearing parents as racists for objecting to things like Critical Race Theory and doubling down on the notion that parents shouldn’t have a say in their kids’ education.
I think it’s time to diversify — away from folks like McAuliffe who are all about identity politics — and toward someone like Glenn Youngkin who actually cares about the education that children in Virginia receive and what the parents have to say. Based on the polling, it sounds like a lot of Virginians are feeling the same way.