Juan Williams, an opinion contributor at The Hill, recently wrote a column ahead of Tuesday’s gubernational election in Virginia between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin as the issue of education has especially fueled Youngkin supporters calling for the defense of parents’ rights in schools.
Williams article titled: Juan Williams: ‘Parents’ rights’ is code for white race politics, prompted Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers (R) to respond, calling the Fox News political commentator an “imbecile”.
Williams, in his column, alleged that the phrase “parent’s rights” has become a “rallying cry” for parents who are trying to “stop classroom discussion of Black Lives Matter protests or slavery because it could upset some children, especially white children who might feel guilt.”
He also defended a September 29th letter written by the National School Boards Association to the White House and the Department of Justice that claimed parents who protest at school board meetings were “domestic terrorists.”
Juan Williams also said that parents’ rights “at first glance looks to have zero to do with race,” and those opposed to it are put in a difficult position of “calling the attention of suburban white moms to divisive racial politics being used by Republican Glenn Youngkin’s campaign.”
“It is not long ago that racist Southern politicians rallied against integration with an argument for ‘states’ rights,’ a call to be free of federal laws seeking to end segregation. Now the message is that white parents are being ignored when they complain that their children are uncomfortable learning about racism,” Williams claimed.
Senator Rogers on Monday, responded to the Fox News commentator’s column, writing on Twitter, “@TheJuanWilliams says parental rights are racist even though all parents in the HUMAN race want what is best for their children & the right to choose the way we educate our children. Our rights are from God. Stop dividing people, Juan. With all due respect, you are an imbecile.”