Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin named a new anti-critical race theory diversity officer to lead the state’s equity office on Wednesday.
Angela Sailor was appointed to be Virginia’s director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, according to a press release. Youngkin also issued his 10th executive orderSailor is the chief diversity, opportunity and inclusion officer for the commonwealth as part of his Cabinet.
Sailor is a black woman. critical of curriculum that teaches students that “America’s culture and institutions are rigged to help whites succeed, that they are victimizers if they’re white, and doomed to failure if they’re black,” which she called “the textbook definition of racism.”
Glenn Youngkin has asked all of the state’s DEI employees to resign and tapped anti-critical race theory leader Angela Sailor to lead the department. In her first move, Sailor eliminated the word “equity” and replaced it with “opportunity.”https://t.co/QzNY1KDGcL pic.twitter.com/zShBPQERfb
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Sailor has 20 years of executive experience in government and corporate entities, more recently as vice president of the Feulner Institute at The Heritage Foundation, chief of staff to Heritage’s President Kay C. James, and public member of the Senior Foreign Service Selection Board for the United States Department of State, according to the press release. The Heritage Foundation’s news outlet, The Daily Signal, is The Daily Signal.
She has also recognized the focus on equity instead of equality, which she said is a “characteristic” of critical race theory and strives to achieve the “impossible goal” of guaranteed equal outcomes, which “will inevitably result in discriminatory practices.” The word “equity” has been replaced with “opportunity” in her Cabinet job title.
Critical race theory argues that America is fundamentally racially biased, but it teaches people how to view all social interactions and people in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “anti-racism” through the end of merit, objective truth, and the adoption of race-based policies.
Youngkin also described his plans to restructure the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in his executive order.
As part of her role as chief diversity, opportunity, and inclusion officer, Sailor will expand entrepreneurship and economic opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled Virginians, bring together people of different faiths to serve their communities, and “promote free speech and civil discourse in civic life, including viewpoint diversity in higher education in coordination with the Secretary of Education,” according to the release.
She will also be charged with eliminating “disparities in pre-natal care” while serving as an ambassador for unborn children and recognizing the rights of parents in educational and curricular decision-making in coordination with the secretary of education, ensuring “the teaching of Virginia’s and the United States’ history is honest, objective, and complete.”
In 2019, Gov. Ralph Northam was the first to create it, but it has been without staff since its former chief and four employees were asked to leave their positions, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Youngkin was helped by parents who were fed up with the current administration and the state’s policies, and made it clear they wanted to see change in Virginia’s education system.
Youngkin pledged to ban concepts such as critical race theory and to place parents first. His opponent, Terry McAuliffe, slipped out of favor when he claimed critical race theory was a “racist dog whistle” and made the assertion that he doesn’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.
After he was sworn into, Youngkin took office on Saturday issued his first executive order that vowed to end “the use of inherently divisive concepts—including Critical Race Theory—in public education,” and his second order said it would “empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.”
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