The hatred of Jews that led to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany is similar to the frustrations expressed by parents attending school board meetings in America, Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff said Wednesday at the SXSW conference.
“Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews,” said Emhoff. “How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”
“Hate is interconnected. You see it in the discourse in the country right now. You see it in the divide that we have. Just going to school meetings, you see that hate that is out there,” he said.
Emhoff is not the first person to compare parents who attend school board meetings to vile and violent extremists.
The National School Boards Association in 2021 apologized after they published a letter labeling parents “domestic terrorists” and insisting that they should be subject to Patriot Act surveillance if they complain about schools.
The White House had requested that memo, and Merrick Garland also responded by directing the FBI to get involved in school board-related conflicts.
In Maine, several school board meetings in the past year have hosted vociferous debates involving disagreements as to how schools should operate.
While some school officials and community members believe schools should supply students with hypersexualized books and counsel them to change genders without their parents knowledge, others have argued that parents should have greater control over the educational and health choices of their children.
At least one Maine school officials has recently said parents and journalists who seek public records from schools are engaging in “hate speech” if they seek records about school’s gender identity policies.
Vicki Wallack, an official from the Maine School Management Association (MSMA) and a member of Maine’s “Right to Know” advisory committee, said public record requests directed at her and her organization were not requests for information, but were instead bigoted attacks on marginalized communities.
Rep. Marc Malon (D-Biddeford) has introduced legislation that would direct the Maine State Police to issue an annual report on “domestic terrorists.”
The annual report must include information on threats against “local and state governmental bodies, public officials and critical infrastructure,” categories that would include school boards.
Rather than school board disputes, recent domestic terrorist cases connected to Maine have involved far left extremists targeting law enforcement.
A Kennebunkport man has been arrested twice for Antifa-related domestic terrorism in Atlanta.
Another Mainer was arrested this month for participating in acts of domestic terror directed against cops, also in Atlanta.