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Parents Oppose Radical Race and Gender Propaganda, and They Plan to Vote to Prove It

As Election Day draws near, parents across the nation are poised to turn out in record numbers. Their motivation? Controversial racial and sexual ideology permeating classrooms that were once regarded as safe havens for schoolchildren.

Stories of radical gender and racial issues being forced on kids as young as five have been widespread—and not just in Blue bastions like California and New York. Conservative states such as Texas and Montana have recently taken steps to protect kids from political agendas that have crept into their classrooms.

Recently, a suburban school district in Cincinnati, Ohio, adopted a resolution that forbids the teaching of divisive racial theories and Florida has enacted a statewide prohibition on curriculum that treats students differently based on their skin color. And when Florida went further and passed a Parental Rights in Education bill limiting the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity topics to young children, many other states followed suit.

Even in the traditionally liberal suburbs of Washington, D.C. and Southern California, parents are standing up against this type of race- and gender-based indoctrination of students in public schools. 

And recent polling indicates that this is trending up. Voters across the country support lawmakers’ efforts to help protect kids in classrooms from political agendas that have nothing to do with a well-rounded education.

In Louisiana, the Center for Excellence in Polling found that a majority of likely voters oppose teaching critical race theory in their public schools. And similar numbers were found in North Carolina. This is noteworthy given that both states tend to vote more Democratic.

In Florida, polling shows the Parental Rights in Education law is supported by a majority of Floridians—but that parents also want the state to go further in limiting sex education topics to older children—if indeed the topics are taught at all. Nearly two-thirds said that sex education topics should not be taught in public schools, or that it should at least be limited to children aged 12 and older. There is nearly identical sentiment in Oklahoma according to the polling.

Opposition to race- and gender-based propaganda is not a fringe issue—it is a deciding factor for voters. A recent report from The Harris Poll indicates that education policy has become a top concern for voters, especially in state and local elections. And recently Politico headlined its coverage of the Harris data saying, “parents could be the new swing voters.” 

Parents are fed up with the leftist political propaganda aimed at children. And they are not afraid to use their power to elect leaders who share their views. In Virginia—a state that has been trending heavily in favor of Democrats—the new Republican Governor Youngkin was ushered into office in large part because of parental outrage over leftist education policy. 

Just like in Virginia, voters across the nation who care about education policy stand to make a huge difference this November. 

Families have made it clear where they stand—and politicians should take heed.

Stefani E. Buhajla is a visiting communications fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability and CEO of Seminal Strategies, a communications consulting firm based in Georgia.

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