CRT Opponents Hold Protest Rally at Loudoun Government Center

Fight for Schools held an “Education, not Indoctrination” protest rally outside of the Loudoun County government center Saturday to oppose anti-racist curriculum in the school system. School Board member John Beatty (Catoctin) was among the attendees.

Critical Race Theory, or CRT, is an academic concept examining structural racial inequality. Over the past 18 months, it has become a lightning rod issue in the county and across the country. Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler has repeatedly assured the public that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in county schools.

Parents and activists insist that the school district’s equity work, including a report presented earlier this month documenting the racial inequity in schools, is part of a divisive guise to implement the academic theory.

The rally was attended by approximately 150 people who heard speeches from local activists, politicians, and a county teacher who condemned CRT and the School Board. Monica Gill, a teacher at Loudoun County High School, called equity a “poison.”

“Equity is not about equality of opportunity. It is about equal outcomes, which is foundational to Marxist political ideology,” said Gill.

A counter protester an carried a sign through the crowd that read “White Privilege Exists.” Liz Carroll said she was ashamed when she saw that there was going to be an anti-CRT rally in Loudoun County.

“I thought it was important to say that not everyone is on the bandwagon of rejecting the ideas of white fragility and white privilege,” she said.

While speakers were highly critical of the School Board, member John Beatty (Catoctin) was in attendance and interacted with members of the public, although he didn’t speak.

One mother, Heather West, of Purcellville, said Beatty is a neighbor of hers and lauded his efforts to oppose CRT. West has six children and said she will never send them to public schools, although she is a regular attendee of School Board meetings.

“We’re paying a lot of money in tuition to escape CRT,” West said.

Ian Prior, executive director of Fight for Schools, said the objective of the rally was to push forward with an effort to recall the School Board.

“I don’t think being a parent and fighting for your kids is a political agenda,” Prior said.

Prior, a Department of Justice spokesman during the Trump administration, is a parent of two students in the district and a vocal critic of the School Board.

Prior incensed the crowd when he said that kids are learning about age-inappropriate topics. He pointed to Christopher Columbus being vilified in second grade classes as someone who murdered and enslaved people.

“You have kids coming home and telling their parents they’re afraid to speak up and express their opinion, because they’re going to get canceled, they’re going to get shamed, they’re going to get disciplined,” Prior said.

25 thoughts on “CRT Opponents Hold Protest Rally at Loudoun Government Center

  • 2021-06-14 at 10:56 am
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    My gosh…these people are viciously slashing to bits the straw men they’ve created.
    I hope they’re not also arguing that there’s no racism in America.
    Surely they know there’s racism…after all, I’m sure a large percentage of these folks voted for Trump who embodied and exploited racial divisions in America.

    • 2021-06-14 at 2:51 pm
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      Seriously. The manufactured outrage is truly an embarrassment to a county that has a very well-documented history of racism.

      The kindest thing you can say about these people is that cognitive dissonance is hard and it’s pretty clear they’re taking this stuff way too personally. They’re probably the type of people who think telling their children to not see color makes them not racist and don’t seem understand that we are not, in fact, in a post-racial society, even though they want us to hurry up and just be in one because all this race talk makes them squirm.

      • 2021-06-14 at 3:17 pm
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        Hate, racism, and divisiveness; it’s a national past-time for the bigdaddy’s of the world. By your writings, seems like you get off on all the hatred being pushed by your corporate media/politician masters.

        • 2021-06-15 at 3:15 am
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          I will be the first to admit that the criminal justice system is plagued with systemic racism. I will acknowledge that funding for inner city schools are funded disproportionately lower than suburban schools. However I do not feel guilty or self hate as a result. The reason being I was educated in an inner city school. I recognize that that African Americans perpetuate and the continuation of single families, mock and chastise those that try to better themselves and final rely of the “system” than to break the mold. Neither my children nor I owe the African American community an aplogy or any other forgiveness.

          • 2021-06-15 at 9:40 am
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            Turtle, actually, that’s not correct. Most urban school districts have much greater funding per pupil than suburban districts. They obtain worse results because of both teacher unions and the human capital of the students.

            LittleDaddy and HateLoudoun, you are beyond clueless. First, the United States is an equal opportunity nation. Well, actually, I take that back. If you are a minority, there are tons of extra benefits, from scholarships to tutoring programs to preferential government contracting that you have access to that whites do not. There was literally a law limiting how many Asians could immigrate to the US (banning them for a time). And covenants in deeds prevented them from buying in certain areas. Yet, now they have household incomes greater than the average American and white Americans. It is all about taking advantage of opportunities. Nobdoy forces some minorities to have the vast majority of their kids out of wedlock. Nobody forces kids to drop out of school. Nobody forces certain minorities to murder at 8x the rate of normal Americans. Those pathologies are brought on solely by those minorities.

            And, on a practical matter, your pleas for telling everyone the deck is stacked against them is horrible for minorities. Researchers have conducted tests in which they told minority students postive stats about their test outcomes prior to taking standardized tests. Those students actually perform better. However, the CRT Marxists believe telling minority students how the world is stacked against them will somehow help them when research clearly shows otherwise? Why do you continue to live in an anti-science and anti-research world?

            Outcomes are based on talent, cuture and work ethic. Are there social networks that give some (rich or connected) an advantage? Of course. Just like there is in China, France, Brazil, or Nigeria. That’s life. It is very telling that immigrants to America do not buy into this Marxist garbage. CRT is solely an excuse for those who can’t and a political tactic for Marxists trying to undermine free market capitalism.

        • 2021-06-15 at 11:05 am
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          Chris,

          What “hatred” are you speaking about? The media/corporate “overlords” are just promoting a more equitable society that is best for the marketplace.

          I will say that at least one particularly active anti-CRT individual though is blatantly at odds with the Diversity and Inclusion policies of his employer, a major wireless carrier. I don’t know how they could continue to employ such an individual.

      • 2021-06-14 at 7:14 pm
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        How dare you criticize the fine Loudoun County volunteer fireman. The fireman who closed their pool so they wouldn’t have to let black kids in were from Leesburg. So there. We have no need to teach our children about all the pools that were closed in Loudoun so they wouldn’t have to integrate, because noticing people’s skin color is racist- Martin Luther King said so.

        Just because Fire Departments and Police departments around the country have well documented histories of systematic racism doesn’t mean we had such in Loudoun! I’m sure there were many Loudoun County Volunteer Fire Companies with black firefighters on their membership roles in numbers proportion to the population.

        Perhaps we could nominate someone to help teach Loudoun’s students about the years of successful outreach from Loudoun’s Volunteer Fire Departments to their black neighbors and how they worked so hard to make up for the local lynchings and night rides? Someone who doesn’t have a history degree and an axe to grind?

        The part that makes me giggle was that the key note speaker of this, um, gathering (?) was a political appointee from the Trump Justice Department. With this crowd, the jokes write themselves.

      • 2021-06-15 at 8:01 am
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        What makes me squirm is our kids being taught racist CRT propaganda.
        Perpetuating CRT lies and teaching our kids that their race is a source of shame and/or they are victims and cannot succeed on their own merit is dangerous and destructive.
        Yes I do take this personally as anyone should that cares about our kids and society.

        • 2021-06-15 at 11:03 am
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          What makes me squirm is people like paulmase don’t have the first idea what they’re actually talking about, they’re just easily triggered snowflakes who want to impose a form of political correctness on the rest of us by refusing to let anyone talk about what’s actually behind the curtain.

          No one said you were a racist, Paul. Stop being so frightened of everything. If you’re initial reaction to this stuff is to feel guilt for being white, that’s GOOD. Push through it because that’s not what the curriculum/theory is even about. That’s what I mean about taking it personally — this isn’t about YOU. It’s about society. That feeling of guilt is normal — push through it and open your eyes to what’s really going on, rather than getting indignant and defensive and doubling down your ignorance.

          • 2021-06-16 at 9:57 am
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            “What makes me squirm is people like” bigdaddyva “don’t have the first idea of what they are talking about”.
            “ They are just easily triggered snowflakes who want to impose a form of political correctness on the rest of us by refusing to let anyone talk about what’s actually behind the curtain”.
            “No one said you were a racist” Bigdaddyva “.
            @If your initial reaction to this stuff is to feel guilt for being white, that’s GOOD. Push through it…. “.
            “This isn’t about you. It’s about society. That feeling of guilt is normal. Push through it and open your eyes to what’s really going on”..
            Woke school board members and racist baiting followers are stoking societal division and indoctrinatiing our kids with racist, Marxist ideology.
            Bigdaddyva, “ the feeling of guilt is normal “ “rather than getting indignant and defensive and doubling down on your ignorance “.

  • 2021-06-14 at 11:54 am
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    LoudounNow taking a very significant (and incorrect) editorial position by labelling CRT as “anti-racist curriculum.”

    Leading with that bit of misinformation, turns this “news” story into just another piece of air cover for LCPS and the SB.

  • 2021-06-14 at 11:59 am
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    There was 150 people at 11:00 am by 12:30 there was almost 300 people and more were asking where they could park. We have the receipts that the school board paid for CRT training that makes Ziegler a liar. Plus they appeal the reinstatement of one of Loudoun’s finest teachers, Tanner Cross, when the school board slithers out of town until August 10th on a Friday news dump.

  • 2021-06-14 at 12:11 pm
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    I was at the rally and found the speakers very informative, including two from the Heritage Foundation. I have no doubt that LCPS’s “equity initiatives” are CRT packaged under another name.

    • 2021-06-14 at 12:28 pm
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      Let’s see, let’s suppress education on Virginia’s history of slavery and racism ( hey remember in the 1960’s when the Loudoun County Volunteer Firefighters filled their pool with concrete rather than integrate it?) and at the same time do your best to drive transgender children to suicide.

      A. 150 people plus more trying to park? What is a modern lynch mob Alex.

      • 2021-06-14 at 3:08 pm
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        Loudoun County Vol. Firefighters did not fill a pool with concrete. Rather, the Leesburg Vol. Dept. closed their pool. In the 70’s it became a happening little skateboard park when kids sneaked in and cleaned all the trash out. It was demo’ed not long after. Way to paint all firefighters with a broad brush, but then, your lynch mob equivalency with people expressing their 1st Amendment Rights compounds your blanket hated of things you don’t know about.

        • 2021-06-14 at 6:46 pm
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          Loudoun was the last county in Virginia to integrate public schools. Brown v. Board of Education was in 1954. Loudoun finally–under court order–integrated the schools in 1967. 13 years to get with the law of the land? I think if you want to say that Loudoun has had a history of racism you’ll be able to find some evidence for that position. Seems harder to argue that there’s no evidence of racism in Loudoun’s history and therefore talking about it just a part of some vast socialist conspiracy.

          • 2021-06-15 at 9:44 am
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            There are absolutely no employees of Loudoun County or LCPS who were working pre-1980. The population of LoCo at that time was about 50K max compared to the 400K+ now. Trying to use “injustices” from over 50 years ago to justify Marxism today is …. pretty pathetic.

            Do we have racism in Loudoun? Absolutely. Look no further than the racist SB members who state that having too many Asian and Indian American students succeed is “unacceptable” and they must change the rules to penalize those who work hard and maximize their talent to give handouts to the rabblerousers from the NAACP and MSAAC (who don’t represent most minorities in Loudoun). The Dems are an absolute disgrace for pushing this Marxist nonsense.

    • 2021-06-14 at 2:53 pm
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      LOL Heritage Foundation. That about sums things up now, doesn’t it?

  • 2021-06-14 at 4:33 pm
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    Man, I wish there was a poll of these folks to see how many of them believe the holocaust didn’t really happen and also that the world is flat. Bet dollars to donuts that it’s a sizable percentage. It would probably also be interesting to see how many of them actually live in Loudoun County.

  • 2021-06-14 at 4:56 pm
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    LCPS has a very political history and among its tactics has been getting employees and a few others to parrot the LCPS line while posing as ordinary citizens. That seems to be the case in this thread.

    Note that instead of addressing the ideological curriculum, the LCPS defenders try to deflect by criticizing the rally’s participants. How sad. How empty.

    LCPS also knows that words count. Thus it does not say “Critical Race Theory,” but instead piles on the euphemisms. Words like equity, diversity, inclusiveness sound benign, but collectively they amount to “CRT.”

  • 2021-06-15 at 7:06 am
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    Fact based articles are important in maintaining credibility.

    FACT: CRT is, in fact, racist.
    FACT: Parking was a problem at this event. When a quick count was done with cars still looking for a place to park, this event was pushing 400 people.

    CRT is a marxist poison that has already been outlawed in 6 other states. Virginia should do the same.

    Thank you to Mr Prior for his efforts in cleaning up Loudoun education. This is a huge task as we have just hired a new superintendent that has agreed to perpetuate this racist curriculum .

    Why did we not have ONE school board member speak out and apologize for the pornography that is currently required reading for our school kids?

    FIre all nine of the school board racist porn peddlers.

  • 2021-06-15 at 1:03 pm
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    How many people at the rally and posting here have read more than three sentences that explain the foundation and ideas of CRT? Not many, I bet. It’s just white privileged Trump supporters who are happy to have something new to complain about and vent their frustrations.

    • 2021-06-15 at 2:59 pm
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      CRT is the new term right wingers use to get themselves frothed up. Previous versions of faux outrage were cancel culture, ‘woke’ anything, snowflakes, Caravans of Migrants (capitalized so it could be EXTRA scary), social justice warriors (lowercase, because even if you capitalize it it it’s not scary- only real warriors scare normal people) The Deep State!!!.

      Then there’s BLM, Antifa, and the oldie moldy hit they break out every year…… The War on Christmas.

      It must be difficult being so oppressed by so many conspiring forces.

      • 2021-06-15 at 6:34 pm
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        I am sorry that AFF and Citizen A don’t understand CRT. It’s pure Marxism. It eliminates initiative and paralyzes those who it categorizes as helpless pawns. If you really cannot understand it, let’s get on Zoom and I can teach you what it means and why it is so harmful.

        As to AFF’s confusion on other topics, let’s explain why those things are harmful:

        1. Cancel culture chills free speech which makes debating virtually anything impossible. Taken to its natural conclusion, it leads to a split of the nation because it makes no sense to support businesses run/owned by the other political side if they will retaliate against you for your ideas. It literally leads to the founding of 2 distinct nations based on different political beliefs. Is that really what you want?

        2. Woke (aka CRT adherants) individuals ascribe all failures in life to discriminatory powers outside their control regardless of the accuracy of those claims. Instead of recognizing the freedom they have in America, and the enormous handouts from special programs designed just for them, they are always looking to blame somebody or some race for their shortcomings. And it is a self-fulfilling prophecy in coming up short.

        3. Caravans of migrants refers to the massvie influx of unskilled immigrants from countries who can walk across the border. It lowers the wages of unskilled Americans, raises taxes for all (from generous handout programs) for the sole purpose of locking in future socialist votes for the traitorous Dems.

        4. Social justice warriors are those who think it was a mistake for America to be founded on equality but rather think their own subjective opinions on “justice” should replace our laws and policy. It’s related to CRT and total gibberish. It punishes work and effort. It’s the foundation piece for liberal white Dems, who often support the least just policies like giving massive raises and first vaccinations to overwhelmingly white affluent teachers, who simply want to feel righteous while hurting those they claim to care about.

        5. The Deep State was pretty much acknowledged by bureaucrats who acknowledged they hung around to stymie the efforts of Republican officials. Not sure how even you can dispute that one.

        6. Antifa is a self-described anarchist movement that uses violence to achieve its goals and caused countless $ in destruction over the last few years. Are you seriously defending a terrorist organization?

        7. As a result of BLM, murders of minorities have risen by over 1000 this past year. No other movement has caused more death and mayhem to blacks than BLM.

        Any more you need information on?

    • 2021-06-16 at 8:14 am
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      How about YOU compose at least FOUR sentences in your OWN WORDS accurately describing CRT?
      Rather than posting brainless insults and assumptions.
      This should be an easy one for you, right?

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