Panorama Education, co-founded by Xan Tanner, who is the group’s president, asserts it has made its way into thousands of schools in the U.S., selling race-focused student and teacher surveys and carrying training on systemic racism and oppression, white supremacy, unconscious or implicit bias, and intersectionality, all under the rubric of "Social-Emotional Learning.” The company makes it clear that “SEL'' is just a “vehicle” for achieving its goals related to “equity.”
One 2021 workshop by Panorama is called “SEL as Social Justice: Dismantling White Supremacy Within Systems and Self” and includes a slide that highlights a 2020 article titled “How White Supremacy Lives in Our Schools.” The article was written by Altagracia Montilla, a self-described “freedom-dreamer, facilitator, and strategist committed to dismantling oppressive systems” who says she helps build “antiracist” workspaces, and the piece trashed supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“The rise in images of overt white supremacy in the media feeds into the confusion about white supremacy,” the article began. “While the Ku Klux Klan and MAGAs at half-empty Trump rallies (not that these are mutually exclusive groups) are in fact examples of white supremacy, they are not the only examples.”
The article said “murderous police officers” were another symbol of white supremacy, and added: “Most of white supremacy is much more insidious: the school to prison pipeline, redlining, the opportunity gap, and voter suppression. White supremacy is everywhere, pertinent and pervasive, woven into the fabric of our society and reflected in every institution and organization in the U.S. including schools.”
The article said “one of the purposes of listing characteristics of white supremacy culture in schools is to outline how schools are aware or unaware of the use of these characteristics as their conditions making it hard, if not impossible, to open the door to other cultural norms and standards.” The examples of “white supremacy” in schools included “Perfectionism,” “Worship of the Written Word,” “Paternalism,” “Defensiveness,” and “Right to Comfort.”
Prior's group and others have rallied parents to protest at local school board meetings over the teaching of "critical race theory" and other leftist perspectives on race, as well as controversial topics such as gender fluidity, in school classrooms.
Garland’s memo this week warned of a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against schools and said the DOJ will "discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate.”