But when I see things like this in the context in which it is reported, I'm betting forgery:
Not that it isn't real and wasn't sent. But how do we know it wasn't sent by someone wanting to make the parents upset with progressive school tactics look bad? After all, that's exactly how it's being reported, as if it is somehow par for the course among parents upset with various liberal policies in schools.
I know, that's often the reaction. The old 'it's all a fake to set us up.' Nonetheless I think it. Because when I look at this, I wonder what parent educated enough to write English would do this thinking it would accomplish anything positive for the cause?
It makes me remember a tight political race in Kentucky back in the 90s. It was close and abortion was a big topic. Only a few days before the election, abortion clinics in the district received anonymous letters with white powder in them. News broke that abortion providers were being targeted by terrorist tactics. Such tactics were used to paint anyone opposed to abortion into the same corner.
The election swung to the Democrat at the last minute. A week or so later it was revealed that the powder was harmless in every case. I wondered then who would do something so stupid that clearly helped the side they opposed? Wouldn't someone crazy enough to do something that stupid and self-defeating at least use a harmful substance?
I'm not saying there aren't crazies out there. Lord knows that isn't the case. But in a situation like this, I'm trying to think of which parent would threaten to murder a child before murdering the parent, send the handwritten threat so that it could be put on public display, and think that will do any good at all. If it is authentic, then clearly it's a case of mental health problems, and should not represent the bulk of the parents who have concerns. At least if those engaged in the debate do so in good will.
UPDATE: As if to reinforce my suspicions, I saw a thread unpacking multiple Twitter posts insisting white conservatives are saturating school boards with death threats.
Uh huh. As I said, not that there aren't crazies. But I doubt it's only on one side if there are such examples of nuttiness. This doesn't take into account the times in which school board members have been caught trying to attack or punish parents for daring to do what parents have been told to do for decades.
Plus note the typical leftwing emphasis on 'White '. Yep. It's always white people, ain't it? Donald McClarey catches another example of those evil white racists who dare criticize CRT, which both does and doesn't exist and nobody wants it taught but if you disagree with it being taught you're a racist.
Sorry but this whole thing stinks of Jussie Smollette.ReplyDelete
I find it too convenient. Even if there was one case or so where somebody went crazy because they were already nuts, perhaps I"d believe it. But the idea that all over America parents are threatening to murder school board members, often with no evidence or anonymous evidence like this, fits too closely to the media's clear desire to shut these parents down.Delete
Yeah, social media and other benefits of the modern world have made pulling off a false flag easier than ever.ReplyDelete
Nowadays I actually expect that most attacks done to a side would be by that own side to gin up sympathy.
That's why I often don't chase those 'look what those horrible people have said on social media'. Unless it's a person actually making the claim, or there is some verification it was said, the world of the Internet is less real than the world of Hollywood, and that's saying something.Delete
That's my thinking. I notice there is a sudden spate of Social Media/Media reports of death threats all over America against school board members. Which makes me suspicious right there. Again, you could get some mentally unhinged person who thinks a hand written anonymous death threat against children will help the cause. I have a hard time believing it's a trend. Or that it's only confined to one side or skin color.ReplyDelete
The phenomenon of the campus hate hoax should persuade you to suspend judgment about this sort of thing.ReplyDelete
Yeah. It's become quite common. It makes me think of something Jonah Goldberg once said. As far as we know, there is no record of faked reports of hate crimes in Nazi Germany. Which speaks volumes about the differences between the US and the Nazis that so many on the Left want to downplay.Delete
What's also notable is that while there are plenty of proven fake hate crimes, it is very, very rare that the hoaxer is penalized in any way. In fact in many cases they are actually praised for "Starting a Conversation."Delete
There's basically no downside to hoaxing a hate crime and tons of upside.
No there isn't. And the funnier thing? You have people like Don Lemmon act as if no woman, for instance, ever falsely accused a man of rape. Despite knowing otherwise, his reaction to claims that sexual assault claims could be 'inaccurate' was 'why would a woman ever lie about such a thing.' That is, until it was the women accusing Biden once it was clear Biden was the only candidate they had.Delete