Virginia police are investigating an ‘anti-racist’ Facebook group that named the parents of students who members say are ‘against critical race theory’.
The Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County group – which reportedly includes teachers and school board members – shared personal details of those they say had opposed moves to teach the controversial curriculum.
It urged followers to ‘gather information’ on them and encouraged online hackers to silence critics of the theory, The Daily Wire reports. Parent Cherly Onderchain told Fox News she was on the ‘hit list’, adding: ‘Their goal is silence.’
According to Purdue University, critical race theory scholarship shows how racism continues to be persuasive and why it denies individuals their constitutional rights. It examines the way race and racism influences politics, culture and the law.
But critics say it leaves people exposed to the training feeling that they are being blamed for problems which they did not cause – such as slavery and Jim Crow – and that it is itself racially divisive.
Local teacher Jeremy Wright said: ‘Minority students are going to suffer the most from this. When you teach students that the system is against them, they have no motivation to learn.’
One parent on the list, Patti Menders, said: ‘I was personally attacked. My name, my first name, my last name, where my son goes to school, who my husband is, where I live and three pictures of me were all on that Facebook page.
‘They wanted to send postcards to our neighbors calling us racist and come to our home with a megaphone and call us racists.’
Another parent, Erin Dunbar, added: ‘Those of you who saw personal information about families in this county being posted and did nothing, shame on you.’
Loudoun Parents for Education spokesman Ian Prior told WTOP: ‘There was a solicitation by one of the members of this group to target people that had opposed the school’s commitment to critical race theory concepts.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Lauren Fruen