After Betsy DeVos has repeatedly attacked Fairfax County Public Schools recently, Laura Ingraham of Fox News took to the airwaves yesterday to spew all sorts of nonsense about the school system. Among other things, she claimed “Black Lives Matters zealots have an oversized influence” and “they’re trying to turn your kids into hardcore activists.” The remarks came because she was furious that the county’s considering hiring a Chief Equity Officer.
This kind of nonsense is nothing new, however, as it’s the same hate filled rhetoric that we saw on the campaign trail during last year’s state and local elections here in Virginia. The Republican Party has become so extreme that they lost every single school board race in Fairfax last year and there’s only two Republicans who represent any precincts in the county.
These miserable results was largely a result of their candidates doing things like saying the school system was wrong to even consider the names of schools that glorified confederate soldiers, claiming LGBT students were the “loudest special interest group” and we should “stop wasting our time” on equality, suggesting people of color couldn’t possibly face discrimination because there were plenty of ethnic restaurants in Fairfax, insisting that immigrants are bringing diseases into the schools, and actually skipping events at schools in their district in order to host events with senior staffers from SPLC designated hate groups.
With all that in mind, here’s the video of Laura Ingraham speaking about how horrible she thinks it is that the school system is actively trying to create a welcoming environment and ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive.