Left-leaning outlets like CNN and MSNBC have argued that CRT, based on the notion U.S. institutions are inherently racist, is only saved for college level courses. CNN reporter Eva McKend repeated the claim while reporting on the Virginia gubernatorial race in November and the factor it played in Republican Glenn Youngkin’s win.
“I do think that it’s worth noting, though, that in the last several weeks, this issue of critical race theory, even though it is not being taught in Virginia public schools, it became so core in this race,” McKend said.
The hosts of MSNBC’s “Into America” podcast claimed in July that “almost everything these people are saying about critical race theory is wrong. It’s not taught in K through 12 schools, it doesn’t say that people are inherently racist due to their genetics, and it’s not a ‘Marxist doctrine.’”
But research from several analysts and skeptics suggest that CRT has made subtle appearances in Virginia schools, finding that the phrase “critical race theory” even appears on the Virginia Department of Education. Additionally, in 2019, a memo sent by a superintendent promoted CRT and the idea of “White fragility,” while another endorsed “Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education” as an important “tool” that can “further spur developments in education.” Loudoun County officials also admitted over the summer that CRT often influences their work.