Christopher Ruffo: Now the Biden team wants to unleash the FBI against parents who oppose the critical race theory
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In an official note, Attorney General Merrick Garland The FBI has vowed to mobilize the FBI against parents protesting critical race theory in public schools, citing unspecified “threats of violence” against school officials.
Garland’s memo comes on the heels of a request from the National School Board Association that Biden administration Investigating threats to school board members and classifying the sometimes violent protests of parents as “domestic terrorism.” The NSBA suggested that some of these parents should be prosecuted under the Patriot Act and federal hate crime legislation.
The School Board Association The letter, however, is full of lies, errors, and exaggerations. He begins by claiming that “critical race theory is not taught in public schools”, despite a large body of evidence, including my own Special Reports, which indicates that CRT is widespread in public schools. Even the National Teachers Guild recognized the same amount, and named to implement it in all 50 states.
NSBA deliberately skews discussions in School board meetings as “threats” and sometimes loud, angry rhetoric as “violence”. The letter refers to dozens of news stories alluding to “unrest,” “screams,” “arguments,” and “mobs,” but, contrary to its basic claim, it only mentions one example of actual violence against a school official: Issue of severe beatings in Illinois, which is clearly condemnable, but not a justification for a national investigation into “domestic terrorism.”
The association even fabricated entire facts to support its political goals. For example, the NSBA claims that a Tennessee school board official named John White resigned due to “threats and violence”; Associated SourceHowever, White reportedly quit due to “concerns about spending too long away from his family,” without mentioning threats or violence. (In another local area ReportWhite complains that parents call him a “child abuser” and other nicknames, which, while cruel, are hardly an “act of violence”).
However, despite the flimsy pretense of a school board union, the Biden administration appears to be doing what it wants. Garland’s memo asks the FBI to coordinate with “federal, state, local, tribal and regional law enforcement” to develop plans “to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them where appropriate.” NSBA Director Chip Slavin and the National Teachers Union President Randy Weingarten immediately praised Garland’s aggressive actions.
This is a highly politicized and dangerous escalation of the debate over critical race theory in public schools. For months, proponents of critical race theory, including teachers’ unions, struggled to respond to critics, and a new poll data It is now shown that strong majorities of all racial groups oppose CRT in public schools. But as their standing in the elections collapsed, the educational establishment turned to more hawkish tactics.
The purpose of mobilizing the FBI is not only to monitor but to subdue dissent. Suggesting that parents may be involved in “domestic terrorism” is intended to suppress speech and assembly and justify further federalism of education policy. In a briefing to Congress last week, Education Minister Miguel Cardona refused to say that parents are “primary stakeholders” in the education of their children; This week, Attorney General Garland is trying to drive an even bigger wedge between parents and public schools.
Parents should not let this transgression prevent them from speaking out against critical race theory in their schools. The Biden administration raised the stakes, so that this fight was no longer just about CRT; It is about protecting the basic rights of expression, assembly, and voter control over the country’s public institutions.
The popular revolt against critical race theory is evidence that the American people still have an instinct for self-government. They should not let the Biden administration crush it.