FBI ordered to combat wave of right-wing threats against schools over masks and CRT

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The Justice Department is responding to a wave of angry protests in school boards across the country, as education officials and teachers face the wrath of conservative parents who criticize the “critical race doctrine” and alleged teaching of mask mandates. oppose.

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A memo from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday directed FBI officials to meet with state and local leaders to address “harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school board members, teachers, and workers in our nation’s public schools.” ” can be addressed.

As the agency plans to address growing threats of violence toward teachers and others in the coming days, the statement said, the FBI will discuss the best ways for schools to report credible threats of violence to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Boards and teachers will also be trained.

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“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they are contrary to the core values ​​of our country,” Mr. Garland said. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their jobs without any fear for their safety.”

Mr Garland’s directive comes in response to a wave of videos and news reports of explosive protests in school boards across the country, where parents slammed school officials with mask mandates related to efforts to contain COVID-19. The fears of “important” have been told. Race theory” formulated by conservative commentators and politicians.

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Central tenets of Critical Race Theory include the acceptance of the existence of systemic racism in America, which proponents argue is supported by evidence from the conduct of law enforcement in America today, and by the time of slavery and colonization of the United States.

Such school of thought is strongly opposed by many conservatives, who are also against the racial injustice arguments supported by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Educators are now increasingly relied on a battlefield between major political theories in America, as ignoring the United States’ history of racial discrimination and injustice can be seen as supporting it, while in the classroom such issues Discussion on it only generates the most violent reactions. .

Republican-led jurisdictions across the country have moved to enact laws banning discussion of critical race theory, with some officials even saying that any “anti-Semitism” directive should be banned. .

Democrats and organizations representing teachers have labeled the efforts of GOP politicians as blatant attempts to ban critical race theory and play down right-wing grounds, fueling political tensions over the race issue.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Justice Department

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