Loudoun, Winchester NAACP Push for LaRock’s Ouster

The leaders of the Loudoun and Winchester Area chapters of the NAACP this morning worked to turn up the heat on efforts to push Del. Dave LaRock (R-33) from office for his participation in the Jan. 6 rally for President Trump in Washington, DC, which led to a violent insurrection.

A group of NAACP representatives gathered in front of the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg to denounce LaRock’s words and actions leading up to that rally, the deadly riot that followed, and his defense of those actions since then. They were joined by two members of the Board of Supervisors, Vice Chairman Koran Saines (D-Sterling) and Juli Briskman (D-Algonkian), who are pushing tonight for a formal resolution calling for LaRock to resign the seat he has held since 2014.

Mike Fasion, president of the NAACP’s Winchester Chapter, said LaRock’s conduct is “unbecoming of a delegate.”

“We are not satisfied that his committee assignments were stripped. We will not be satisfied until Dave LaRock resigns. We will not be satisfied until we have delegates that will fight for inclusive communities, that will fight for all people, that will fight for all places, that will bring equity to our communities,” Fasion said.

Pastor Michelle Thomas, president of the NAACP’s Loudoun Chapter, charged that LaRock had violated his oath to uphold the federal and state constitutions by supporting insurrectionists and advocating the nullification of the elections results.

“We have a problem with David LaRock. His leadership is not just unbecoming, it’s dangerous,” Thomas said. “He should not be allowed to access the state capitol. He is a national security risk. He must be should be removed.”

Representatives of the NAACP’s Winchester Area and Loudoun County chapters gather in front of the County Government Center to call for Del. Dave Larock (R-33) to resign or be removed for his words and actions associated with the Jan. 6 rally in Washington DC.

While LaRock’s critics agree it was unlikely the four-term delegate would resign, they called on the General Assembly leadership to expel him and vowed to put pressure on his major campaign donors.

Past Loudoun NAACP President Phillip Thompson said LaRock’s action were unforgivable.

“This guy is a traitor. He is a traitor to this country,” Thompson said. “As a Marine, that can’t be forgiven.”

“We’re going to do all we can to go after the people who support him, give him money, give him shelter—to make them feel uncomfortable. They are dealing with a racist and a traitor to the United States of America,” Thompson said.

Thomas also addressed the controversy stirred by statement LaRock released last week in which he urged county leaders to focus on “the needs of the colored community” rather than waste their time and money attacking him.

“He went all the way back to the segregationist word of “colored,” she said, pointing to its use in the Jim Crow era when signs pointed to colored water fountains and colored restrooms. She said the use of the word was “a dog whistle to his white supremacist friends.”

“We have overcome. We’ve overcome that type of racism … and guess what, we’re not turning back. We’ve come too far,” she said.

10 thoughts on “Loudoun, Winchester NAACP Push for LaRock’s Ouster

  • 2021-01-19 at 5:06 pm
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    Can someone tell me what Julie Briskman has done for the communities she represents. It may be a long list but the only time I see her name it has to do with some anti-republican anti-trump action.

    • 2021-01-20 at 5:40 pm
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      Complete clown show. Briskman is a joke even to her own party.

  • 2021-01-19 at 6:23 pm
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    As an attorney, surely Mr. Thompson is aware of the U.S. Supreme Court case — NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886 (1982).

    Threatening people, with the intent to suppress their right to choose their delegate, is something I never believed I’d hear a United States Marine Corps. officer say.

  • 2021-01-19 at 6:47 pm
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    I’m confused… the National Association of Colored People is offended by the word “colored?”

    • 2021-01-19 at 7:31 pm
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      “for the Advancement”
      An omission which I hope won’t be considered a dog whistle for white supremacists.

      And speaking of that… what proof does the representative from the NAACP have of Mr. LaRock’s friends being “white supremacists.” That’s quite an allegation being cast upon what is likely a large number of people.

    • 2021-01-20 at 5:41 pm
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      The faux outrage is just dripping.

      Why are they using the termed colored in all their new acronyms (POC, BIPOC)? Think about it.

  • 2021-01-20 at 9:04 am
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    If it’s true, it’s very disappointing that Mr. Thompson is a former Marine. So is pastor of no name church offended by the NAACP name? NAACP, NAA Colored People. It’s amazing that Governor blackface and his lieutenant sex harraser are still in office. Oh, that’s right free speech and having an opinion are for Democrats only. To quote Booker T. Washington
    “I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”
    –Booker T. Washington

  • 2021-01-20 at 9:06 am
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    As a Veteran too Mr. Thompson, we support and love Dave LaRock. He is a patriot. His words were not inflammatory like those of say Maxine Waters; who advocated physical violence. You even threatened those who support Delegate Larock. Who are you to threaten anyone? Where is your civility, code of honor. You threatened me and thousands of others. Democrats resort to violence, because Facts don’t support your argument. Perhaps the racist and anti-American is in your mirror! Democrats have done zero for the African American community, except servitude. And it is now apparent Antifa operators mixed in or infiltrated the peaceful MAGA March. MAGA people don’t wear black, have backpacks with hammers and undergarments denouncing Trump. FACT!

  • 2021-01-21 at 9:03 am
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    So, Mr. Thompson is advocating voter intimidation?

  • 2021-01-22 at 7:06 am
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    I have very little tolerance for false or spurious accusations of racism. Or frankly false or malicious accusations or any other kind of harassment or bullying. Maybe you should stick to arguing your political perspective rather than bullying and threats.

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