Virginia NAACP responds after Governor Youngkin releases report on ‘inherently divisive concepts’ in schools
RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia NAACP (Virginia NAACP) has responded to Governor Youngkin’s recent release of an interim report on “inherently conflicting concepts” that was recommended by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
The report was compiled by Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow and it “identifies and addresses inherently divisive concepts” that have been recommended by the VDOE. The report lists canceled policies and programs that, according to the press release, “promote discriminatory and divisive concepts, such as critical race theory, as directed by Executive Order Number One.”
Virginia NAACP says they are outraged by the executive order and the interim DOE.
The organization said Superintendent Balow has declared war on teaching accurate American history.
Amy Tillerson-Brown, Ph.D., and chair of the Virginia NAACP Education Committee said, “…none of the resources that Secretary Balow has requested to be rescinded or modified are discriminatory in that they do not promote a unfair or prejudicial treatment based on race or gender. . Instead, these recommendations will help untangle our Commonwealth’s progress toward racial equity in education.
“Virginia has a long, steamy history when it comes to raising black children. Both law and practice prohibited black slaves in Virginia from learning to read or write. Even when Virginia implemented a free public education system, educating black children was an afterthought. “It is obvious that the Governor has no real interest in teaching our shared history. You cannot characterize truth as divisive and be open to teaching history accurately,” said Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr.
In August 2021, the Virginia NAACP issued a press release stating the importance of teaching black history in public schools.