In yet another sign that President Joe Biden’s inaugural talk of “unity” was just empty noise, his “moderate” attorney general is literally making a federal case out of parents sharing their minds with their local school boards.
Well, some parents, anyway: the ones who question mask mandates and critical-race-theory-influenced curricula. No one’s weaponizing the FBI against the moms on the other side of those issues.
Attorney General Merrick Garland says he was simply responding to a letter from the National School Boards Association, which claimed its members were being threatened. But the NSBA missive showed its hand when it claimed, “Critical race theory is not taught in public schools and remains a complex law school and graduate school subject well beyond the scope of a K-12 class.”
That’s the line taken by those who just want to shut down discussion, as if the malign 1619 Project curriculum (for one) weren’t being adopted in spots across the country.
And as if CRT weren’t being taken far outside college campuses by the likes of Ibram X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo. Can you think of any actual “complex law school subject” discussed by national best-sellers?
In fact, CRT is often pushed as benign-sounding “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” initiatives — with materials that blast concepts like “objectivity” as hallmarks of white supremacy.
The school boards simply don’t want parents getting in the way of their surrender to this nonsense (and to irrational, anti-science COVID fears), so they want the AG and FBI to silence dissent as “domestic terrorism.”
By ordering the FBI and US attorneys to meet with state and local leaders to “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats” and “open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment, and response,” the government is telling parents, many of them Democratic mothers, that expressing concern over their kids’ education could be a federal crime.
The NSBA letter asks Team Biden to look at using the Patriot Act to crack down on these mothers, and Garland didn’t slap down that lunatic idea. It all sure looks a lot less like “unifying the nation” and a lot more like criminalizing dissent.
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