The message to parents is surely clear enough. If you go to a school board meeting to spell out your concerns and offend a properly sensitized mind with anger or a politically unbecoming remark, you could maybe go to a highly publicized trial.
Even if one disagrees with the point of view of some parents, it’s a horror that the federal government would be threatening them more seriously than they are threatening anyone. And it’s not as if they have no reason to be concerned about a wide range of issues with the one about race receiving special attention.
A perspective with growing instructional impact in a number of the nation’s 14,000 school districts is that racism is deeply embedded in all our institutions and that whites are therefore privileged and Black Americans inevitably victims. Some schools are teaching that slavery has defined who and what we are more than anything.
Garland? It was terrible that Republicans denied him even a hearing as a Supreme Court nominee in the last year of the Obama administration, but how bad would he have been as a justice? It’s now come up that a Garland son-in-law has had financial dealings helping schools in the kind of racial instruction parents have been arguing against, a conflict of interest. The foremost issue, however, is summed up in a second quote, this one from the English intellectual George Orwell: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”