Fri. May 20th, 2022

The left-leaning education co-founder of Merrick Garland’s son-in-law used a training session for teachers focusing on “systemic racism” and recommended an article referring to Trump rallies as “examples of white supremacy” similar to the Ku Klux Klan.

Panorama Education, co-founder of the group’s president Xan Tanner, claims to have made its way into thousands of schools in the United States, sold race-focused student and teacher surveys and completed education in systemic racism and oppression, white supremacy, unconsciously or implicitly. bias and intersectionality, all under the heading “Social-emotional learning”. The company makes it clear that “SEL” is just a “vehicle” to achieve its goals related to “equity.”


A 2021 workshop by Panorama is entitled “SEL as Social Justice: Dismantling White Supremacy Within Systems and Self” and includes a slide show highlighting an article in 2020 entitled “How White Supremacy Lives in Our Schools.” The article was written by Altagracia Montilla, a self-described “freedom dreamer, facilitator and strategist committed to dismantling oppressive systems,” who says she helps build “anti-racist” areas of work, and the play smashed supporters of former President Donald Trump.

“The rise in images of overt white supremacy in the media is causing confusion about white supremacy,” the article began. “While the Ku Klux Klan and MAGAs at half-empty Trump rallies (not that they are mutually exclusive groups) are actually examples of white supremacy, they are not the only examples.”

The article said that “murderous police officers” were another symbol of white supremacy and continued: “Most of white supremacy is much more insidious: pipeline from school to prison, redlining, gap of opportunity and oppression of voters. White supremacy is everywhere, relevant and pervasive, woven into the structure of our society and reflected in every institution and organization in the United States, including schools. ”


The piece said “one of the purposes of listing characteristics of white supremacy culture in schools is to point out how schools consciously or unconsciously use these characteristics as their standards, making it difficult, if not impossible, to open the door to other cultural norms and standards. Examples of “white supremacy” in schools included “perfectionism”, “worship of the written word”, “paternalism”, “defensiveness” and “right to comfort”.

Altagracia Montilla article for Medium (shared and promoted by Panorama)

The article went even further.

“The reality is that while schools may say they are invested in diversity and justice, they are really only celebrating students who adapt or adapt to the cultural norms rooted in white supremacy,” the article concluded. “Naming and identifying the characteristics of white supremacy culture in schools so that we shift from accepting these characteristics as norms to recognizing them as destructive is the first step towards working towards building schools that value all students.”

A Washington Examiner review detailed the ideas of Panorama and some of its ties to left-wing ideological groups, and the education firm provides guidance and instructions on how advocates and activists can get lawmakers to adopt SELs in their schools and how school districts can use taxpayers’ funds for to pay Panorama for its services.

Garland’s note this week warned of a “disturbing rise in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence” against schools, saying the DOJ will “deter those threats, identify them when they arise and prosecute them when appropriate.” Although the note did not refer to specific threats or acts of violence against school officials, it came only days after the National School Board Association had compared such attacks to “a form of domestic terrorism.”


The Department of Justice did not respond to a request for comment on whether Garland had a conflict of interest because of his son-in-law’s role.

Elizabeth Breese, vice president of marketing at Panorama, told the Washington Examiner that the company “is not affiliated with any particular academic philosophy, including critical race theory.” She also claimed “the only relationship between Panorama Education and Attorney General Merrick Garland is that Panorama’s co-founder Xan Tanner is AG Garland’s son-in-law.”

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Tags: News, Merrick Garland, Department of Justice, Social Justice, Leftism

Original author: Jerry Dunleavy

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