Virginia’s first Black woman lieutenant governor believes that everyone should move on from slavery.
On Saturday, Winsome Sears, a Republican, made history by becoming the state’s first Black woman to hold the position alongside the governor-elect, Republican Glenn Youngkin. While this may be seen as a win for women of color, the pro-Trump supporter has made it known that she disagrees with many causes that Black women fight for.
The 57-year-old is eager to ban the Critical Race Theory from being taught in Virginia’s schools and wants to place strict regulations on abortions. One of her views that has caused the greatest stir is her outlook on slavery in America.
“Slavery happened, absolutely. And there are some vestiges of it. But how long are we going to go back there?” she asked.
During their campaign, Sears and Youngkin claimed that any programs designed to address systemic racism in schools were dividing students. The chair of Howard University’s political science department, Ravi Perry, slammed the duo and says racism in the U.S. is still undertaught in schools despite their claims.