National School Board Association Coordinated With White House on Letter Smearing CRT Critics as Terrorists
Emails obtained by the non-profit Parents Defending Education reveal that the National School Board Association sought help from President Biden and the federal government to silence critics of critical race theory in public education, weeks before Attorney General Merrick Garland opened an FBI probe into CRT critics at the direction of a letter from the NSBA that likened them to terrorists.
The internal NSBA emails reveal some educators affiliated with the left-wing organization were skeptical of the notion of labeling CRT’s critics as terrorists, a concern that was ignored by the group’s national leadership.
View the emails obtained by Parents Defending Education here.
In an email sent on October 2nd, Viola Garcia, Secretary-Treasurer of the NSBA, revealed the group had been coordinating with the White House on opposition to CRT. “NSBA has been engaged with the White House and the Department of Education on these and other issues related to the pandemic for several weeks now.” Garcia went on to dismiss opposition to the NSBA’s letter seeking political prosecution of its opponents by invoking the supposed threat of violence concerned parents pose to left-wing school boards, despite no more than a small handful of arrests occurring at board meetings, usually of parents for interrupting proceedings.
“In talks over several weeks with White House staff, they requested additional information on some of the specific threats, so the letter also details many of the incidents that have been occurring,” wrote NSBA interim executive director Chip Slaven in another email.
John Halkias, the NSBA’s Central Regional director, criticized the group’s letter calling for political prosecution, admitting that the NSBA should’ve deliberated internally before accusing CRT critics of terrorism and demanding the federal government silence them.
White House coordination with the NSBA in the matter would practically implicate the federal government in working with a left-wing group to smear its political critics as criminals. It also defies ethical and legal standards for the President to direct the FBI to begin investigation of individuals and groups deemed inconvenient to the government, let alone political critics of critical race theory.
Biden’s involvement with the beginning of any federal investigation into critics of CRT could be used as a strong legal defense to argue that any law enforcement investigation into parents is politically corrupt- not to mention that it isn’t against the law to criticize CRT indoctrination in schools, anyway.
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