Who is Jessica Mendez? Virginia mom who opposed critical race theory shown middle finger by neighbor on live TV
Jessica Mendez is one of the parents who were reportedly bullied by neighbors for coming out against inclusion of critical race theory
In Loudoun County, Virginia, neighbors were pit against each other for their differing opinions regarding critical race theory. The residents of this school district have been having some tenuous discussions regarding the need for CRT in the curriculum.
Two parents who opposed the inclusion of critical race theory have reportedly been bullied by neighbors who don't agree with them. The affluent neighborhood is divided at the moment as Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) currently do not include critical race theory in the curriculum.
Who is Jessica Mendez?
Jessica Mendez is one of the parents who opposed the inclusion of critical race theory in the curriculum and she claims that she has been bullied by her neighbors since. Mendez also expressed how her own family had a difference of opinion with her. Speaking to Fox News, Mendez said, "I had my own family criticize me openly, and asked me, what's wrong with me and why didn't I understand?"
At the time of the Fox interview, a neighbor is seen showing a middle finger to Mendez in the full view of the camera. After this incident, a shocked Mendez said, "I thought that I had a good friend. I’m really hurt right now because I thought that we had a rapport, that I could be conservative, and she could be liberal, and we could still be friends. I guess I was wrong."
Parents who are against the critical race theory are also reportedly being attacked on a Facebook page which is called Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County. Mendez, among others, has been attacked on the page as well.
Parents attacked on social media
Patti Hidalgo Menders, a Loudoun County parent who also serves as president of the Loudoun County Republican Women’s Club, said that pictures of her and her children were used and tagged 'racist' on the page. She said, "They put three pictures of me in there, and they called me a racist. They had my first and last name, the name of my husband, where my son goes to high school, what town I live in, and they called me disgusting."
She added, "They tried to intimidate us by using social media, but I’ll be honest, I feel like it’s emboldened my passion for this more.” Another parent Fred Rege, who emigrated to the US from Kenya and has two daughters said, "I finally got to the point where I said, ‘my number one responsibility is my children.’ Even if it costs me certain things in society and canceling from this and canceling from that, you know, I’ll have my dignity. I’ll have my children’s, you know, integrity, and their self-belief, their belief in themselves intact. And that’s worth it."