MSNBC's Joy Reid: 'Education' issue is 'code' for White parents who don't want race taught in schools

Citing exit polling, Reid noted that while the coronavirus factored low on the issues most important to Virginia voters this election, education ranked high. Reid used air quotes when saying the word education.

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She called it “code for White parents who don’t like the idea about teaching about race.”

Aimee Allison (L), founder and president of the She the People organization, kicks off the She the People Presidential Forum with political analyst Joy Reid in Houston, Texas, U.S. April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Aimee Allison (L), founder and president of the She the People organization, kicks off the She the People Presidential Forum with political analyst Joy Reid in Houston, Texas, U.S. April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

“Unfortunately, race is just the most palpable tool in the tool kit, used to be in the Democratic Party back in the day, when there were Dixiecrats,” she continued. “And now of the Republican Party, it just is powerful.”

Virginia voters told networks like CNN and MSNBC that the school issue was a main driving force for them to vote for Republican Glenn Youngkin. Youngkin sided with parents concerned about their school boards’ progressive agendas, which included graphic reading material and the features of critical race theory.

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McAuliffe left nothing to the imagination when he told voters at his debate against Youngkin, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” That comment, one voter told MSNBC, “hurt” the Democrat’s chances.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, right, speaks to supporters as Lt. Gov. candidate Winsome Sears, left, listens during a rally in Fredericksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Youngkin will face Democrat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the November election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, right, speaks to supporters as Lt. Gov. candidate Winsome Sears, left, listens during a rally in Fredericksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Youngkin will face Democrat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the November election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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