Letter: Natassia Grover, Ashburn

Editor: In the name of equity, Loudoun County Public Schools is destroying racial equality in direct violation of state and federal law by openly embracing Critical Race Theory. 

The LCPS website recommends Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How To Be An Antiracist” in which he argues that deliberate racial discrimination is a remedy for historical discrimination, and LCPS intends to incorporate this into school policy. In practice this ends up disproportionately hurting Asian students, as Asra Nomani explained in her criticism of Fairfax County’s policy recommendations for admissions into Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

As part of Superintendent Eric William’s Comprehensive Equity Plan, the Academy of Science enrollment will reflect the community demographic. Inevitably, it will be Asian students who are discriminated against in the admissions process because they are 23% of total LCPS enrollment but 82% of AOS enrollees.

In addition to the discrimination planned against Asian students, LCPS is requiring teachers to participate in trainings and incorporate curriculum that could be called abusive. According to James Lindsay, co-author of “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity,” “Teaching children about privilege, complicity in systems of racism, and ‘white fragility’ is child abuse.”

LCPS seeks to reinforce 19th century socially constructed racial categories and encourage racial identities, including white consciousness, while discouraging “colorblindness” and the classically liberal concept of treating individuals based on character instead of superficial appearance. This is not progress. This is not antiracist. This is programmed racial identity and institutionalized discrimination.

Natassia Grover, Ashburn

6 thoughts on “Letter: Natassia Grover, Ashburn

  • 2020-09-22 at 5:16 pm
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    Clearly this is a violation of Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act and an obvious ploy to get a preference. If the formula is demographics then so be it but spot discrimination is WRONG! Should we force Asians to be on the Redskins and all basketball teams while we are at it if demographic balance is of key importance. Somebody tell Mr. Biden that he needs to suggest an Asian or Moslem for the Supreme Court to reach demographic balance instead of the typical pandering for votes. What happened to insuring religious balance on the Supreme court as well.

  • 2020-09-23 at 1:26 pm
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    Enrollment in these programs should be based on merit, not race. LCPS just needs to scrounge up some bravery and just tell non-admitted students’ parents their kids just don’t make the cut for admission. If they can’t do that, they are just going to disenfranchise those talented kids that Ms. Grover mentions.

  • 2020-09-23 at 6:14 pm
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    If you actually think teaching about privilege is child abuse, you have NO idea what actual child abuse is.

    • 2020-09-24 at 2:39 pm
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      As with all types of abuse, there are degrees of severity. Imposing onto children a racial consciousness and then indoctrinating them to feel shame or guilt about themselves while insisting that they “do the work” to fight against a vague and unidentifiable “systemic” evil is the sort of thing that can cause anxiety and hinder the ability to have genuine relationships with others who look different from themselves.

      • 2020-09-24 at 5:43 pm
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        If the “Like” feature was functioning, you would earn one for that!

  • 2020-09-24 at 6:05 am
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    Ask the School Board why they don’t at least mitigate this situation by extending the first two years of the AOS Program to ALL high schools assuming a full class can be enrolled. It is a transcript numbered course and in my experience as a former school board member and parent of a child that attended AOS for the first two years it is an excellent two year course. Is the school board engaged for the benefit of children or just responding to whatever the Superintendent puts in front. of them? I’m not sure when something that would help hundreds of students is just ignored. 🙂

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