Alexander “Xan” Tanner is the son-in-law of Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland and is the founder of Panorama Education, a publisher of educational materials. Tanner’s company has developed a “resource material” for teachers describing supporters of President Donald Trump as “white supremacists.”
The workshop material centers on understanding systemic racism. It contains an article that compares persons who attend rallies conducted by Trump with members of the Ku Klux Klan and cites both as examples of white supremacy.
The workshop is titled “SEL as Social Justice: Dismantling White Supremacy Within Systems and Self” and links to an outside article titled “How White Supremacy Lives in Our Schools.” The report states that the KKK and “MAGAs” are not “mutually exclusive groups” and are “in fact” examples of white supremacy. The article also cites “murderous police officers” as examples of white supremacy.
The article goes on to claim that white supremacy “is everywhere” and is “pervasive” in the “fabric of our society.” White supremacy is declared to be “reflected in every institution and organization” in America, “including schools.” The piece states that U.S. schools only “celebrate” students who conform to the ideals of white supremacy.
After Garland directed the Department of Justice and other federal law enforcement agencies to investigate “threats of violence” against school board leaders and educational personnel statewide, the Washington Examiner analyzed and reported on Panorama’s materials. The review concluded that Panorama conducts training on systemic oppression and conducts race-based surveys under the name of “Social-Emotional Learning.”
Ian Prior, who worked previously as a DOJ spokesman, said that the family connection between Tanner and Garland “certainly creates an appearance” of conflict of interest.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said in a tweet last week that Garland’s “war on parents” benefits both teachers’ unions and his own family.” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) has urged parents to continue protesting “your school’s curriculum” against Garland’s attempts at intimidation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) demanded clarification from Garland about his instructions to the DOJ and said that parents who question their elected officials and public employees are engaging in “democracy, not intimidation.”