Florida mom Quisha King fears ‘vague’ Justice Department memo stifles free speech

Florida mother and activist Quisha King expresses fears that the recent Department of Justice investigation is discouraging parents from voicing opposition to Critical Race Theory (CRT) and other ideas.

“Bullying school board members is where they draw the line, but… it’s very vague,” she told Fox News in an interview Friday. “Who finds what is intimidating?” This can be used in different ways. “

Commenting on the FBI’s involvement, she said: “It is in itself intimidating… When you know the FBI could possibly sue you… you are at home making peanut butter and jelly or ironing clothes. of your kids for school – for saying something they “find intimidating” and the FBI shows up at your doorstep. Yeah, that’s gonna stifle a lot of talk. “

King, a Moms for Liberty activist who previously worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC), went viral for a speech denouncing critical race theory at her local school board meeting.


His concerns were similar to those raised by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., And Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – who both suggested the DOJ note was an overreaction and a potential threat to civil liberties.

The Justice Department recently announced that it will coordinate a nationwide investigation after the National School Board Association (NSBA) suggested educators may face domestic terrorism. In it, the NSBA made reference to several reported cases of violence or intimidation.

Garland note did not use the term “domestic terrorist” and clarified that “heated debate” was not the target of his investigation. “Although lively debate on political issues is protected by our Constitution, this protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views,” he said.

Nonetheless, Hawley expressed concern about the NSBA letter, which invoked the Patriot Act, and the potential for overbreadth.

The extent of the FBI’s involvement is somewhat unclear. Garland’s memo read, “Coordination and partnership with local law enforcement is critical to implementing these measures for the benefit of the nearly 14,000 public school districts across our country.

“To this end, I request the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with each United States attorney, to convene meetings with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial leaders in each Federal Judicial District within 30 days of the publication of this memorandum These meetings will facilitate discussion of strategies to counter threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff, and open dedicated channels of communication for reporting, evaluation and the response to threats.


King received a standing ovation on Thursday when she called for a “mass exodus” from public schools, arguing that authorities were leaving parents no other option.

She then posted a video on Instagram asking followers what types of concerns they had (transportation, etc.) as their children transitioned away from public schools.

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