Last fall, school board and superintendent candidates who railed against teachers’ unions and critical race theory “fared depressingly well” on Election Day, and a lot of credit for that has to go to Moms for Liberty. At the time, someone had drawn a line between groups like Moms for Liberty and school-choice libertarians, and that line was right-wing Christian nationalism. Moms for Liberty had shown up at school board meetings and lobbied against critical race theory in school curriculums, which of course means they didn’t want slavery taught in schools.
We had to click the link to be sure, but yes, the Southern Poverty Law Center had designated Moms for Liberty an “extremist” group rooted in age-old white supremacy. The SPLC likes to call Moms for Liberty part of the “anti-student inclusion movement.”
Groups like Moms for Liberty are a new battlefront vs inclusivity in schools, but are rooted in age-old white supremacy. We designate them an extremist group in our new @splcenter annual hate & extremism report https://t.co/lpxULQ27I2 @RCR4better2mrow @cassiepmiller https://t.co/z2gciZyQ8I
— Susan Corke (@SusanCorke1) June 6, 2023
The SPLC reports as part of its wrap-up of extremism in 2022:
Thanks in part to its grand disruptions at school board meetings, political alliances and extremist ties, Moms for Liberty has quickly become one of the most recognized names in the anti-student inclusion movement. Founded in early 2021, the organization claims to have a membership of over 100,000 in 250+ chapters in 42 states.
Since the group’s 2021 founding, Moms for Liberty members across the nation have been making waves for intimidating and harassing teachers and school officials. They have publicly battled teachers’ unions, labeling them as “cartels” and “terrorist organizations.” They condemn corporations, like The Walt Disney Co., that are supportive of the LGBTQ community. They lobby for parental rights bills, such as the “Don’t Say Gay” law and advocate for anti-critical race theory bills. These groups offer rewards for identifying teachers who violate newly enacted anti-critical race theory (CRT) laws and file complaints after passage of these bills.
Following the call for an increase in inclusive curriculum and training, CRT was spotlighted in areas where it never had been before. What began primarily in graduate-level coursework in the mid-1970s as a concept to explore the intersection of culture, race and power in U.S. society, CRT has exploded into mainstream America discourse, often pegged as a savage ideology aimed to paint all whites as racists and to indoctrinate children.
Gasp … they have publically battled teachers’ unions!
— Tony Kinnett (@TheTonus) June 6, 2023
The SPLC IS a communist fascist Marxist hate group!
— MakeAmericaSaneAgain (@obiden_sux) June 6, 2023
You’re a joke and I plan to donate even more to Moms for Liberty now. Stay away from our children!
— FugitiveMama (@fugitivemama) June 6, 2023
ARE THE CROSS BURNING, HOODED KLAN MEMBERS IN THE ROOM WITH YOU RIGHT NOW?
— TweeterTrash (@TweeterTrash) June 6, 2023
Here’s how SPLC’s “reasoning” goes:
1. Critical social justice is the ONLY lens through which to teach about racism, sexism, slavery, civil rights, etc.
2. If you don’t teach through CSJ, you may as well not be teaching these things, even if you're actually teaching through the…
— Greg (@phuqker) June 6, 2023
“… even if you’re actually teaching through the lens of (classical) liberalism.”
— _Esc (@_Escapekey_) June 6, 2023
I remember when the SPLC wasn’t an absolute joke
— JSParker (@jsparker31) June 6, 2023
— Granite State Texian (@Aquinas71) June 6, 2023
Well done @Moms4Liberty
The SPLC says you are a hate group.
Means you are over the target and doing a great job.
— SMOD Makes Everything Better… (@TheOneWhoSmods) June 6, 2023
Those damn parents and their PARENTING.
You know who else had parents? HITLER.
— U.S. Ministry of Truth (@USMiniTru) June 6, 2023
The extreme left is now wearing the SPLC like a skinsuit.
— Wolf McNally (@WolfMcNally) June 6, 2023
This is beyond trite.
Susan mails it in like a Teen Vogue intern.
She knows that by throwing in muh wHiTe sUPrEmaCy, she'll attract at least a few hundred self-loathing, frigid cat ladies & a couple hundred more professional victimhood fetishists, so she does it ad nauseum.👌🏿👍🏿
— Alan Stanwyck (@PLEASANTBANTER) June 6, 2023
You people really are clowns.
— Jon Gant (@hrJonGant) June 6, 2023
Breaking; moms are now terrorists. Great work everyone, just A+
— Andrew ⭐⭐🏆 (@aknox92) June 6, 2023
"Mothers worried about their children is white supremacy."
Are you listening to yourselves? You are absolutely despicable monsters.
— Ghost of a Texas ladies man (@MikeDeKulak) June 6, 2023
We noticed in their write-up that the SPLC put “parents’ rights” in scare quotes because everyone knows that “parents’ rights” is just code for “white race politics.” We have quite the archive of panicked takes on the parents’ rights movement.
Groups like SPLC are a new battlefront vs parental rights, but are rooted in age-old Marxism. We designate them an extremest group in our new annual hate & extremism report.
— The Grifting Project (Parody) (@GriftingProject) June 6, 2023
What would the SPLC consider a left-wing extremist group (besides itself).
Teacher says that right-wing ‘parents’ rights’ movement is ‘literally just fascism’ https://t.co/Fp8ZppgBYM
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 11, 2023