‘Anti-woke’ candidates opposed to critical race theory being taught in Dallas school win control of affluent district board with nearly 70% of vote during bitterly contested election
Candidates opposed to teaching ‘critical race theory’ in the classroom have swept a local school board election in Texas, following a bitterly contested campaign that saw passions rise on both sides.
In Saturday’s election in Southlake, candidates opposed to the new curriculum won the two open seats on the Carroll Independent School District board overwhelmingly, with nearly 70 percent of the vote.
Parents packed school board meetings to oppose the plan, arguing it would create ‘diversity police’ and discriminate against white children.
In Saturday’s election, the result was a landslide, with candidates backed by the conservative Southlake Families PAC winning every race by a nearly 40-point margin, according to Southlake Style.
In addition to the two seats up for election on the school board, conservative candidates swept the elections for mayor and two open city council seats.
Voter turnout for the election shattered records for a local race in Southlake.
The outcome was a bitter disappointment for those who view CRT as vital to fighting racism.
CRT is a theoretical framework which views society as dominated by white supremacy, and categorizes people as ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
In one school board race, Hannah Smith, a Southlake lawyer who clerked for Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, defeated Ed Hernandez, a business consultant.
‘This election was a referendum on those who put personal politics and divisive philosophies ahead of Carroll ISD students and families and their common American heritage and Texas values,’ Smith said.
‘The voters have come together in record-breaking numbers to restore unity,’ she added. ‘By a landslide vote, they don’t want racially divisive critical race theory taught to their children or forced on their teachers. Voters agreed with my positive vision of our community and its future.’
Hernandez, an immigrant from Mexico, told NBC News that he was distraught at the message the election sends to students who came forward with stories of racist and anti-gay bullying.
‘I don’t want to think about all these kids that shared their stories, their testimonies,’ Hernandez told the outlet.
‘I don’t want to think about that right now, because it’s really, really hard for me. I feel really bad for all those kids, every single one of them that shared a story. I don’t have any words for them,’ he said.