Terry McAuliffe calls critical race theory a 'dog whistle' and refuses to define when pressed

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Defining critical race theory is "wasting precious viewers' time" — that's according to Terry McAuliffe.

The Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate said the ideology "is not taught here in Virginia," so it "doesn't matter" what his definition is.

"I'm not even spending my time because the school board and everyone else has come out and said it's not taught," he said Thursday. "It's racist. It's a dog whistle."

The host pressed McAuliffe to define it, asking how one can dismiss the curriculum if one can't define it.

"It's not taught here in Virginia," he replied. "We can ask about any topic. Here's what I've said all along, and it really bothers me — this whole idea of stirring parents up to create divisions. Our children are going through such challenges today because of COVID, and we're talking about something here today wasting precious viewers' time."


Critical race theory and other closely related ideologies hold that the United States is inherently racist and that skin color is used to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between white people and nonwhite people. Critics claim it relegates all white people to the role of oppressors and all people of color to that of victims.

The ideology is not always dubbed "critical race theory" by name. The matter has been a source of contentious school board meetings nationally.


A teacher in August gave an emotional resignation speech over policies on critical race theory. Her school was in Loudoun County, Virginia, which has garnered national attention for board meetings concerning racial theory and rules regarding transgender students.

There were two arrests at a Loudoun County School Board meeting in June. A fight broke out after audience members voiced opposition to comments from a board member. One person was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and another allegedly trespassed and received a summons, ABC7 reported.

Glenn Youngkin, the commonwealth's Republican gubernatorial contender, called McAuliffe's agenda "divisive" on Thursday, saying he's pushing a "political agenda of critical race theory into our schools."

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