Letter: P.J. Weber, Round Hill

Editor: In response to the letter from Charles Smith, perhaps he would take solace in that no one told him how he should feel about it, but rather asked him to understand how others might feel about it. 

It is true that older generations of citizens see these “symbols and figures” differently than younger generations, who like their parents before them, are having to confront a new and more rabid form of racism. This is not cancel culture; this is correcting what should have never been.

In today’s political environment, where a new wave of white supremacy, by those who have harnessed and proliferated such, due to the support of the-soon-to-be former President Donald Trump, there is no longer a place for statues or street names which symbolize or recognize the treasonous leaders who leapt this nation into a Civil War. They don’t deserve the recognition.

Our nation’s pluralistic society demands that we stop using such figures and symbols, as a matter of finally halting the overt racist act they seek to commit onto our neighbors and friends. It isn’t merely enough to demand other stop using the vulgarities for which our black and brown neighbors and friends arestillcalled to this day, but it is intrinsic that the symbols that celebrated the evil act of slavery and hate have no home in our county, in our commonwealth, in our nation.

The Civil War was about states’ rights, states’ rights to own human beings, and enslave them. Loudoun County should be proud in its efforts to rid itself of these ugly symbols of hate.

While you cannot erase history, but you don’t have to celebrate it either.

P.J. Weber, Round Hill

5 thoughts on “Letter: P.J. Weber, Round Hill

  • 2020-12-31 at 8:04 am
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    PJ., Your kidding right? Is it possible for the community to briefly stop joining in rhetorical discussion about the past and consider what is right in front of us today? The school board and BOS are doing nothing to fix a clearly discriminatory act. Which H.O.A. in Loudoun would accept a school board ruling (which violates their own policy which I helped write when on the board) that their children could not attend a brand new school built in the heart of their neighborhood. WHY are the children of the Plaza Street area of Leesburg still being bused out of Leesburg to three other elementary schools than attending the brand new Frederick Douglas E.S. in their neighborhood which they could walk to? Can we stop “TALKING” about politics and the past long enough to “FIX” something which is harming young children in our County now? Obviously this neighborhood has no H.O.A. but should that be why neither board controlling Loudoun does anything for its most vulnerable citizens? Where is the outrage from the L.E.A.? Where is the outrage from the NAACP? Where is the LCRC or the LCDC? Where is the Leesburg town council? Happy New Year 🙂 Let’s fix what is obviously wrong in 2021 and stop “just talking about fairness.

  • 2020-12-31 at 10:26 am
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    So what we have here is a letter writer instructing a minority member of the community on how they should feel about something that may or may not be an issue for that particular person.

    This is hilarious.

    You cannot make this stuff up.

  • 2021-01-01 at 1:35 pm
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    I took Mr. Smith’s letter to focus on the fact that tax dollars are being spent on these changes, more so than him saying the changes shouldn’t be made. Perhaps I took it that way because that is exactly how I feel about it. The money could be better spent on so many other issues we have in the county.

    • 2021-01-04 at 2:48 pm
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      Classic.

      How YOU feel is obviously more important than how somebody else feels.

      When one is at the bottom of a deep hole, with only a shovel… stop digging.

  • 2021-01-02 at 10:35 pm
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    This letter is EXACTLY why white Liberals are the biggest problem in our society. They fail to see their own arrogance and hypocrisy. PJ doing his best to “mansplain” racism to a person of color and patting himself on the back while doing it. This is just like the lady I saw on FB who commented “Enjoying your white privilege?” to a Hispanic guy when he disagreed with her views on the problems in society today. The lady’s profile picture shows her standing in front of her very expensive home, but she is lecturing a Hispanic man about his “white privilege”. Truly, you can’t make this stuff up.

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