Attorney General Merrick Garland basically admitted Thursday that the White House contacted the Justice Department about that odious letter from the National School Boards Association begging the feds to use the Patriot Act against “domestic terrorist” parents who raise questions about critical race theory being pushed in their kids’ schools.
This is outrageous, even though Garland fudged on whether it was at the White House’s behest that he issued his remarkable public guidance. He told federal prosecutors and the FBI to actively investigate threats or violence against school officials and/or boards, a dramatic display of intimidation.
There’s every reason to think it was the White House’s idea: Garland acted just days after the president’s office got the letter, which the NSBA’s top two leaders actually sent at the request of President Joe Biden’s aides after prior discussions on the issue.
After all, this is the same White House that ordered the Centers for Disease Control to let teachers-union boss Randi Weingarten dictate parts of their guidance on school masking. And that has embraced mandatory CRT training all across the federal government, including in the military.
Nor does the attorney general normally make a high-profile public announcement that he’s ordering his minions to get on top of a purely imaginary danger.
And never mind that the NSBA’s own board was furious about the letter, which the CEO and president sent out without getting board members’ feedback first.
Nor that the only real violence cited in the letter involved a dad who lost his temper when the Loudoun County, Va., board refused to address his daughter’s claim (backed up by evidence) that she was raped by a trans person in her school bathroom.
No matter, either, that Garland now scoffs at the letter’s references to “domestic terrorists” and the Patriot Act: He actually cited the letter in his guidance.
Actually, all of that does matter: It gets to just how obscene this whole thing is — and not just the goings-on in Washington.
The simple truth is that the education establishment across America (sometimes pushed by politicians) has been embracing CRT for some time now, albeit usually under the label “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy took just the latest step this spring, signing a law that mandates actual DEI courses in schools starting this fall. In New York, the state Board of Regents (controlled by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie) now requires local districts to “implement . . . with fidelity and urgency” new “policies that advance diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Department of Education has been on the job for years: It’s in the name of “equity” that the DOE long ago started schooling teachers on such idiocy as that hallmarks of “white supremacy culture” include such concepts as “objectivity,” “individualism” and “worship of the written word” and that “racial equity” means favoring black children and telling parents to keep the “racial hierarchy” in mind.
It’s all simplistic garbage, pushed by expensive consultants who are hooked into the education-establishment gravy train.
Don’t get us wrong: Like most parents, we’re for diversity, inclusion and equity — properly defined. But the labels are typically cover for ham-handed ideology, presented as if you’re a racist for even questioning the hidden assumptions.
And when parents get a whiff of what their children are actually being taught, they naturally demand answers from their local school boards. And if the board stonewalls, they get furious.
It’s gotten to the point where, per a Fox News poll, nearly three-quarters of voters say they’re “extremely” or “very” concerned about what is being taught in public schools.
The clear message of Garland’s guidance was that parents better watch out if they dare to speak up, and it’s obvious the White House was behind his move.
The Biden White House, in short, is politicizing the Justice Department in a bid to stifle dissent — free speech! — about the radicalization of the nation’s schools.
Funny: We could’ve sworn this president took office promising to unite us, not to browbeat us into submission.
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