Loudoun Schools Issue Apology for County’s Segregationist Past

As promised as part of its division-wide anti-racism campaign, Loudoun County Public Schools on Friday issued a formal apology to the county’s Black community for its past operation of segregated schools and the lasting hardships resulting from the denial of equal rights.

“We, the Loudoun County School Board, the Administration of Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors sincerely apologize for the operation of segregated schools in Loudoun County and for the negative impact, damage and disadvantages to Black students and families that were caused by decisions made by the Loudoun County School Board, LCPS Administration, and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. More specifically, the additional effort required and resources provided by the Black community to obtain an equal education created hardships to which other community members were not subjected. Black people were denied rights and equal treatment,” reads the statement posted on the school division’s website

The posting includes a 15-minute video that looks back on Loudoun’s resistance to integrating schools, even years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision.

8 thoughts on “Loudoun Schools Issue Apology for County’s Segregationist Past

  • 2020-09-28 at 9:49 pm
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    I’ll believe they are sincere when the entire LCPS board sells all their properties and distributes it to disadvantaged residents of Loudoun County. Until then, this is all unicorns and rainbows and is utterly without substance or meaning.

    It’s one thing to issue a meaningless apology but if you truly believe you have some special privilege, do something concrete. Stop with the meaningless virtue signalling. I don’t even think you believe this farce.

  • 2020-09-29 at 10:56 am
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    So, when do we apologize for how we treated the Native Americans and how we nearly obliterated their culture? Yes, I mean obliterated. I lived in Oklahoma and the “Trail of Tears” is no joke to the Native Americans who still live on reservations. Despite what you may read about Native American Tribes doing well with casino operations, the overall impact has been mixed based on location and economic downturns. Yes, slavery is a tremendous evil and all right thinking people know it must be stamped out worldwide. Speaking of that, why hasn’t BLM the Organization started protesting at the Libyan Embassy? For a $400 USD, you can purchase people in Libya today to be slaves. That is horrible and totally reprehensible. Where is the outrage for that situation? When it came to Native Americans, how did we educate them in the old days? We took their children and put them in boarding schools away from their parents, forbade them from speaking their native language and forbade them from engaging in their traditional cultural activities. We literally tried to stamp out all vestiges of their culture.
    All of us have a responsibility to make sure our Nation’s most precious asset, our children, are educated as best we can, especially in STEM, so we can continually fix our Nation’s challenges going forward. We must find a way to insure our children have access, either online or in-person, to good schools with resources. Every right thinking person wants quality education for their children and grandchildren.

  • 2020-09-29 at 1:31 pm
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    Does the LCPS have ANY plans to educate Loudoun’s children?

    They’re failing miserably. And THIS is what is important to them?

  • 2020-09-29 at 5:39 pm
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    Great. Does everyone feel better now that Williams has issued an apology?

    Can we focus on modern day problems like educating Loudoun youth? That is what this guy gets paid to do and he is failing miserably. Williams and his merry band are doing a fantastic job of destroying Loudoun education. They actually congratulate themselves for the “work” they do.

    Why has Williams fast tracked the Tolerance curriculum? Their own web site, tolerance.org, will scare the average Loudoun parent. This Marxist crap does not belong in our schools.

  • 2020-09-29 at 6:08 pm
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    Interesting that there is no mention of $420,000 taxpayer money “invested” in “training” with The Equity Collaborative, a California-based company, which says it helps create educational equity and social justice by addressing bias and oppression.

    Follow the money. This is what the school board thinks you work so hard to fund. That’s many years worth of property taxes off my modest home. Is this really what we want for our county? Remember this at the next election.

  • 2020-09-30 at 8:03 am
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    I am sooooo tired of everyone apologizing for history and things we, here on earth currently, have no hand in. As the Black Panther said, ” I can’t speak for past kings….”
    We need to stop apologizing for the past and move on to better things.
    Statues, all the name changes! Dear Lord, this is so ridiculous and a waste of negative energy.
    EVERYONE needs to move forward fixing what is important for the future,not being bogged down in the past.
    Political correctness has gotten out of control…whatever happened to being able “to agree to disagree”?
    Political correctness has infringed on peoples’ rights more than anything that has transpired!

  • 2020-10-01 at 4:31 pm
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    Here is why the apology was insincere! LCPS still buses the poorest black (and other diverse groups) from Plaza Street to three elementary schools (pre and post COVID) outside of downtown Leesburg where these kids live and where they could walk to the brand new Frederick Douglas E.S. Isn’t that DISCRIMINATING? How about proving sensitivity and taking appropriate care of our youngest and most economically challenged students? 🙂 Doesn’t the school board want to practice fair treatment or just virtue signal about it?

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