The hubbub over CRT also made it into political advertising on Facebook. In the first three weeks of June, five ads were served to Citizen Browser panelists that mentioned “critical race theory”—all of them negative.
One ad paid for by “Friends of Ron DeSantis,” a political committee supporting Florida’s governor, read, “Our kids should be taught to love our country, not hate it. That’s why in Florida we’ve banned Critical Race Theory in our classrooms—taxpayers should not fund state-sanctioned racism. We want education, not indoctrination!”
An ad paid for by Georgia Republican governor Brian Kemp’s reelection campaign committee read, “In Georgia, we will not allow dangerous ideologies to take root in our classrooms, and we will always put our students first. Join Governor Kemp in taking a stand against Critical Race Theory!”
“Critical race theory” also shows up as a major topic in our Split Screen
tool, which is a dashboard of Citizen Browser data that highlights variances in the content shown to different demographics of users—a good place to get your own glimpse into what’s happening on other users’ feeds.