Thank you for covering the appearance of FEC United and the UADF at the December Douglas County School District’s Equity Advisory Council meeting. This is an important topic, and not simply a matter of political disagreement.
It took me all of one Google search to find where Southern Poverty Law Center lists FEC United as anti-government. For anyone who needs help finding this: splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/ideology/antigovernment#state-by-state
Also with minimal research is evidence of the former CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Michael Farris, participating in the attempt to overturn the 2020 election. So, I don’t give a lot of credence to the claim that SPLC’s judgment is flawed.
Conflating the equity policy with “activism” is a blatant, and at this point, intentional misunderstanding of the policy and the objectives of the EAC. The equity policy underwent years of development and vetting with the community prior to implementation. Only after the “CRT” boogeyman came into public consciousness did the policy come under attack.
The presence of FEC United and the UADF at the EAC meeting was a direct attempt to intimidate the volunteers, staff, parents and students who give their time to conduct superintendent directed business. From the shirt emblazoned with an expletive, to the open use of homophobic slurs (f-slur, if you can believe people still use that term), xenophobic remarks about foreign teachers, disparaging remarks about the methods of the council, and ultimately leaving the meeting early in a disruptive manner, it was clear they weren’t invested in anything other than being an intimidating presence disguised as a claim for “parents’ rights.”
What about the rights of the EAC members? What about the rights of the students in our district who are subject to racist attacks? What about the rights of our LGBTQIA+ student and staff community? What about the rights of any student who doesn’t fit into what these groups would call the “right” kind of person?
Let’s stop manufacturing outrage and let the EAC do what it was chartered to do.