HGTV powerhouse couple Chip and Joanna Gaines donated to a Waco school board candidate who is fighting to keep critical race theory out of classrooms.
The Magnolia Farms owners donated $1,000 to the candidate and sparked the ire of the liberal media. “Financial support of a candidate calling for such a ban appears to run counter to the public image of the Texas-based Gaineses, who are credited with helping turn Waco into a tourist destination,” published the San Antonio Current.
It was later confirmed that the candidate was Shannon Braun, who is Chip Gaines’ sister. Left-wing outlet Jezebel snarked, “Instead of donating $1,000 to this sinister cause, Chip could have had another “uncomfortable conversation”—with his sister.”
“F*** TV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines and the house they rehabbed in on. I’ll bet you 25 of my cow pies that neither of the Gaines can tell you accurately what Critical Race Theory actually is,” tweeted one critic.
Braun’s platform is “give our kids the education they deserve,” and views critical race theory as “the single most divisive threat” to education.
The hotly contested academic movement teaches that racism is a social construct that is embedded into the U.S. legal system and governing policies. On her campaign social media page, Braun says, “I will vote down anything and everything that further promotes critical race theory in our school district and actively work to remove all critical race theory.”
The Texas school district she is running for doesn’t teach the theory, and does not plan to, so Braun’s ideology is seemingly aligned with the Waco schools she is seeking to represent.
“As we encourage our students to take ownership of their learning, they often have choice in how they approach an assignment or the topic they research and study, as long as they can demonstrate mastery of the TEKS,” The Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District (GCISD) said in a statement. “This does not mean, however, that Critical Race Theory is part of GCISD’s curriculum.”