The majority of Republican candidates for Virginia governor have signed onto a pledge opposing critical race theory, reflecting how politically salient the issue has become in both the state and the nation as a whole.
News of the pledge comes just days before the Republican state convention where the party will decide its nominee. According to the group 1776 Action, which started the pledge, Republicans Glenn Youngkin, Pete Snyder, Sergio de la Peña, Amanda Chase, Peter Doran and Kirk Cox have all signed onto it.
It’s part of a broader campaign by the group, which was inspired by former President Trump’s commission of similar name. While the pledge doesn’t explicitly mention “critical race theory,” it does employ language echoing previous defenses against the ideology.
“Our young people should be taught to view one another not according to race or gender, but as individuals made in the image of God,” it reads. It also states that “[t]eaching children to hate their country and each other is immoral and deeply harmful to our society and must be stopped.”
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None of the leading Democratic candidates have signed the pledge, according to 1776 Action founder Adam Waldeck.
“We are thrilled that so many candidates for Virginia governor signed the 1776 Pledge to Save Our Schools,” said Waldeck, once an aide to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
“Clearly, stopping the anti-American indoctrination of our schoolchildren will be one of the most important issues for many Virginia voters in this year’s gubernatorial race — and the response from the Republican candidates has been tremendous. It’s wonderful to know that at least one of the major parties will have a nominee on the ballot who is committed to proudly defending the legacy of great Virginians such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.”
The issue has surged in importance recently as parents and teach
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