If President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the National School Boards Association thought Garland’s memo directing the FBI to “use its authority” to investigate moms and dads who stand up to woke school boards would have a chilling effect on parental involvement, they were sorely mistaken.
The letter has had the exact opposite effect. The idea that the White House would use the force of the federal government to institute measures to address whatever it considers “threats, harassment and intimidation” from parents has lit a white-hot flame across the country.
Formerly complacent parents by the thousands are getting involved — everywhere. Moms for Liberty, one of the most robustly organized groups, is creating a national watchdog network to monitor school boards. The non-partisan group, founded by former school board members just nine months ago in Florida, has spread like wildfire. There are now more than 110 chapters in at least 25 states, including four active chapters in Virginia with several more on the way.
One of the group’s members, Quisha King, made national headlines Thursday at the Family Research Council’s annual Pray Vote Stand Summit in Leesburg. King told the audience: “I really think at this point the only thing to do is have a mass exodus from the public school system – that’s it.”
Following prolonged applause and a standing ovation, the Black mother of two added, that “it has to be us doing it together” so it would “send the message that you do not have the right to indoctrinate our children.”
Across the U.S., plenty of furious mothers have noted the irony of how far left-wing rioting and burning has been termed “dissent” while their own vocal protests are being defined as “terrorism.”
Asra Nomani, a Virginia mom, Indian immigrant, former Georgetown professor, and a member of Parents Defending Education, recently changed her Twitter profile to read “Domestic Terrorist.”
Woke school boards — aided by the Biden administration (and Terry McAuliffe) — may have started this fire, but today’s young parents are the ones keeping it burning. And remember when millennials were called the apathetic generation?
— Robin Beres, co-editor