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Sailor worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison under President George W. Bush, after serving as the director of African American affairs for Bush’s presidential campaign. Sailor was also the deputy chief of staff for former U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige. She also worked for the Republican National Committee on building coalitions.

Sailor is the vice president of the Heritage Foundation’s Feulner Institute, which according to its website, is working to “restore confidence in America’s founding values and principles.”

Throughout his campaign, Youngkin vowed to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” in Virginia schools, a term used by Republicans to refer to lessons on systemic racism. At campaign rallies, Youngkin’s promise attracted loud cheers from supporters, who said schools were overly emphasizing racism when teaching history, and depicting white people as “oppressors.”

Youngkin’s first executive order signed Saturday seeks to ban “inherently divisive” concepts from Virginia classrooms.

In recent blog posts for The Heritage Foundation, Sailor said that lessons arguing that “America is systemically racist,” are “the textbook definition of racism.”

“No one would argue that children shouldn’t be thoroughly taught about the evils of racism, slavery, and segregation that happened in this country,” she wrote in July in a piece titled, “Schools Hiding Behind Diversity and Inclusion Rhetoric to Spew Critical Race Theory Vile.”

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