Parents who have vocally opposed critical race theory in public schools may now have to contend not just with local school boards, but also federal law enforcement officials.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed the FBI to work with state and local leaders to “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” While the decree shouldn’t be surprising coming from the Biden Administration, it should also be noted that the AG may have a personal reason for siding with school officials over parents.
Garland’s daughter Rebecca is married to Xan Tanner, a co-founder of an educational company that some have rightly called an “indoctrination platform.” It aims to turn students into far-left “social justice warriors” rather than effectively educate them. The company hosts webinars on topic such as “equity” and “dismantling white supremacy,” and works with the progressive Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools project. Their stated goal is to ensure that “all students understand the role that institutional racism and other forms of oppression play in our society.”
Democrats have long coddled public school teacher unions, caving into their demands in exchange for the political contributions and support during election years. Even so, when the public school system first started calling for parents who strongly oppose its views on education to be treated as “domestic terrorists,” many thought that the Attorney General would realize the implications of giving in to its demands. Sadly, it would seem that rule of law has taken a backseat to his family’s wealth and prosperity.
The needs of the children who are failing to receive an adequate education are nowhere on his list of priorities, it would seem. Granted, some parents have used extreme measures to combat leftist indoctrination and mask mandates in public schools, including resorting to harassment and cyberbullying. However, parents who cross these bounds can be dealt with under existing laws. There is no need for the FBI to get involved, other than to send a message to parents that they need to shut up and do what their school boards tell them to.
While the AG is using his power to ensure his son-in-law’s business is allowed to continue making money, other Democrats are making it clear that they do not believe that parents should have a right to decide what children learn in public schools.
What’s more, AG Garland’s emphasis on curtailing parents’ rights to oppose public school talking points completely ignores the forms of harassment used by public school boards against the parents. This has included turning off microphones and ending comment periods. In Merrick Garland’s view, the laws are only meant to protect the “right” side — and that’s his own.