This, ladies and germs, is Katie Parent, candidate for school board in Springfield, bragging about having “picked a fight against the district.”
Well, as long as you’ve got an open mind.
Parent has a conspiratorial view of critical race theory. She has posted messages on social media in support of the truckers’ convoy to Washington, D.C., which means she’s cool with closing down cities, being loud and obnoxious, harassing locals, and interfering with daily life. As you see above, she’s also identified herself as part of a closed Facebook group called “Vermont Against Excessive Quarantine.” So she covers the waterfront of far-right activism.
Funny thing, she doesn’t seem nearly so brave outside of her little right-wing bubbles. This week, Seven Days did a long and worthwhile story on far-right candidates for school and select boards, and Parent was one of several who did not answer requests for interviews. Braveheart!
Parent also concealed her beliefs behind the usual code words in a lengthy candidate’s statement posted on social media. She wrote of “transparency” and allowing parents to “have a stronger voice in their child’s (sic) education.” She advocates for a “pro-human approach that all of us are created equal” and claims to want to “remove personal politics completely out of our childrens (sic) classes.”
By which she naturally means NO CRITICAL RACE THEORY AAAARRGGGHHH
Unfortunately, she has a track record that exposes the zealotry she tries to conceal. Last fall, she took to social media to promote an anti-CRT event that was… wait for it… part of notorious fanatic Gregory Thayer’s CRT road show! At that meeting, former gubernatorial candidate “Farmer” John Klar called CRT “Orwellian” and “Clockwork Orange”* and “equated the aim of Critical Race Theory proponents to Naziism or eugenics.”
*Golly gee, I hope the children weren’t forced to watch violent images while their eyelids were forcibly kept open.
In a November story by VTDigger’s Lola Duffort about the CRT “controversy,” Parent was identified as the leader of the Springfield chapter of the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), a national organization dedicated to fighting the alleged evils of CRT. And yes, another ultraconservative group hiding behind a neutral name. When Duffort tried to reach Parent for comment, guess what? She “did not respond to messages.”
Well, she certainly has the courage of her convictions. Like I wrote previously, these people know they can’t win if they tell the truth about who they are, so they hide behind carefully-crafted talking points and refusals to comment.
But let it be known that Springfield voters have choices to make, and they should be fully informed before they cast a ballot for Katie Parent.