An unabashed appeal to white racism by Republican Glenn Youngkin was very likely a factor in helping him win the Virginia governorship in the November 2 election, according to a report in The Guardian published just before the election

https://www.the guardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/02/virginia-governor-race-glenn-youngkin-white-backlash-critical-race-theory

Specifically, Youngkin promised to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory, (CRT), which focuses on telling the truth about racism in American society, in Virginia's public schools.

The fact that, according to the Guardian, no pubic schools in that state are teaching CRT did not seem to bather Mr. Youngkin. Obviously, opposition to CRT had nothing to do with an actual issue. It was just a dog-whistle to white supremacist voters.

The Guardian quotes Larry Sabato at the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia as follows:

"The operative word is not critical...And it's not theory. It's race...That is what matters. And that's why it sticks."

Sabato added:

"There's a lot of, we can call it white backlash, white resistance, whatever you want to call it. And so we live in a post-factual era. It doesn't matter that [CRT] isn't taught in Virginia schools. It's this generalized attitude that whites are being put upon and we've got to do something about it. We being white voters."


One does not have to be a specialist in Critical Race Theory (which I am not) to recognize that when people like Sabato talk about "white backlash", "white resistance", or "white grievance", these are nothing more than polite euphemisms. What they really mean is white racism and white supremacy.

But what does this have to do with immigration, which was not the focus of Youngkin's campaign? In fact, Youngkin tried to keep at least at least a little distance between his campaign and his avid supporter Donald Trump, the most openly racist anti-immigrant chief executive America has had in the past fifty or more years.

The answer is that race has everything to do with immigration. This is especially true among Republican voters, as Five Thirty Eight reports:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/repubican-views-on-immigration-are-shifting-even-further-to-the-right-under-biden/


Roger Algase
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