Posted on January 20, 2022

Gov. Youngkin Names CRT Opponent as New Chief Diversity Officer

Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, January 19, 2022

Virginia’s newly sworn-in Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is cleaning house at the commonwealth’s diversity and inclusion department and has appointed an opponent of Critical Race Theory to lead the office where changes in “equity” messaging are already being made.

In a Wednesday press release, Youngkin announced that Heritage Foundation policy expert Angela Sailor has been tapped as the commonwealth’s new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“{snip} I will introduce and support legislation to change the name of the office to the Diversity, Opportunity and Inclusion Office,” the statement read, explaining that the word “Equity” in Sailor’s title has been swapped with “Opportunity.”

Sailor has written in opposition of Critical Race Theory, a key issue that propelled Youngkin to victory, in the past including in a piece last summer titled, “Schools Hiding Behind Diversity and Inclusion Rhetoric to Spew Critical Race Theory Vile.”


The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that all members of the office leftover from previous Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who created the office in response to a scandal involving him wearing blackface, were not asked to return.