Letter: Heather Gottlieb, Leesburg 

Editor: I was happy to see Jason Miyares condemn racism after the Buffalo massacre, but what we really need is for Miyares to understand and articulate to his supporters the importance of learning about racism and the harm caused by colorblindness. 

The right likes to pretend that the sole purpose of CRT is to make white people feel guilty about the atrocities committed by our ancestors, but how would that benefit Black people? The Black people who I have talked to simply want us white people to acknowledge the lasting consequences of 400 years of racism. But really, who wouldn’t feel some feelings about white people owning Black peoples? Guilt isn’t really the feeling I get when I think about how back in the late 60s during integration that rather than allowing Black people to swim in the same pool with us, we chose to fill them in with cement. As someone born in the 80s, the feelings I felt were surprise that I was 40 years old when I learned about this and disgust that we would treat other human being this way. I also had feelings of curiosity. I wanted to learn more about what had happened in the past and how our actions from 60 years ago continue to affect our Black communities. This is essentially what CRT is. 

What’s that saying about if we don’t learn about history it will repeat itself? Why does that only apply to confederate statues in public spaces but not to slavery and Jim Crow? 

Could teaching CRT in schools have prevented the massacre of 10 Black people in Buffalo? Miyares says that racism and bigotry have no place here but praying isn’t going to do that. It’s time for us to hold Miyares accountable. It’s time for him to tell us what ACTIONS he will take to prove that racism and bigotry have no place here?

Heather Gottlieb, Leesburg 

12 thoughts on “Letter: Heather Gottlieb, Leesburg 

  • 2022-05-18 at 6:40 pm

    Why does the far left blame everything on racism? Many of my ancestors were murdered by the Nazis. Before that they were murdered by European invaders. I’ve never owned a slave. No former slaves are alive today. Do I deserve reparations for my dead ancestors in Europe? What about my ancestors murdered at the hands of the Nazis? Slavery and Jim Crow are taught in history classes. The left wants every single lesson plan every single day to include slavery. Non-stop Slavery, slavery, slavery. There’s a lot more to history than that unfortunate period of time in American history. Slavery ended 170 years ago. Understand your history, don’t repeat it . But you can’t blame everything that happens today on events from 400 years ago. It’s time to take responsibility for yourself going forward .

    10,000 black on black murders a year. Slavery? Racism? Something else?

  • 2022-05-18 at 7:31 pm

    Mr. Miyares doesn’t impress me as someone who cares very much about equity. His anti-Trans witch hunt in Loudoun speaks for itself. All I can say is “Fasten your seat belt.” We’re in for a rocky four years. Nevertheless, I remain confident that Loudoun Blue shall prevail. After all, this is the Land of Love. Happy Spring Loudoun!

    • 2022-05-19 at 1:53 pm

      Please explain this “anti-Trans witch hunt” of which you speak.

      Happy Rumor Mill Ginning Up Faux Rage Day Loudoun!

    • 2022-05-19 at 6:41 pm

      Perhaps he cares about justice which doesn’t always coincide with some people’s theory of equity. You should understand he is a prosecutor first above all else. Don’t skirt the edges of the law and you may never meet him.

  • 2022-05-18 at 8:50 pm

    Heather, you obviously have not been paying attention. Miyares submitted an amicus brief supporting the Coalition for TJ in their attempt to end a blatantly racist policy that discriminates against Asian and Indian students. We have a similarly racist policy here in Loudoun where SB members accused Asians and Indians of cheating to get admitted to ACL. Join Miyares in opposing overt racism.

    Miyares has removed racist statements from the Department of Education which concluded that any differences in average outcomes between racial groups must be associated with systemic racism. Such CRT statements put in place by Northam and the Dems are openly racist (and logically nonsensical). Just stand up against racism, Heather.

    It is important we teach our kids about the damage that can be perpetrated by racists. Take BLM for example. Since its rise to notoriety and its calls to defund/excoriate the police, more than 2000 additional black victims are murdered every year. Students should know the damage that incompetent racial agitators like you have inflicted upon our most vulnerable groups. We have hope you will come to treat everyone equally and finally care about solutions that help minorities like blacks (maybe firing every single white teacher at LCPS whose growth metric is in the bottom 40% What do you say about real solutions that may hurt your incompetent white liberal friends?).

  • 2022-05-18 at 8:55 pm

    This is fantastic! Ms. Gottlieb is lecturing a minority (Jason Miyares) on how to deal with and learn from racism. Then, because she decided to learn some history in her 40’s, she thinks it is okay to speak for African Americans.
    Ms. Gottlieb: Do you realize how completely racist it is for you to speak for other races, how condescending you sound?
    I know you probably like to consider yourself amongst the most woke people you know, but believe me, you are way off.

  • 2022-05-18 at 11:23 pm

    The issue with the writer is that she is unable to separate those that did wrong from those that did not. My father came to this country from Ireland in the 1940’s. His family owned 0a farm with 14 kids working the field. He owned not 1 slave. When he came to America his struggles were deep. He work 12 hour days for “minimum wage”.
    They writer talks about how she was shocked to learn that “we” filled in pools rather than allow black people to swim in them. The kids in my family played in fire hydrants in Brooklyn during the 70’s wouldn’t recognize a pool if we fell into one.

    She is a perfect example of what is wrong with the left. If her family owned slaves by all means compensate thier families if she wishes. If her family filled in pools by all means invite a black person over for a pool party, but by all means don’t tell me how I should feel simply because I’m white.

  • 2022-05-19 at 9:47 am

    Maybe this obsessive, relentless focus on slavery that ended 160 years ago and the current politics of victimhood by the race baiters that profit financially and politically by dividing Americans, is causing the racial discord we witness today.
    Color blindness is the only way to achieve racial harmony and equality. Anything else is racial discrimination by another name and inevitably leads to resentment and racial strife.
    How about we celebrate the strides and successes of the past decades and encourage continued progress, instead of blaming individuals, especially innocent and vulnerable children, because of the color of their skin that play no part in slavery or racial discrimination?
    The author suggests a possible return to slavery and Jim Crow and suggests teaching kids to feel guilty for being white (CRT), is an appropriate remedy. This is just nonsense and will only divide us further.

  • 2022-05-19 at 11:07 am

    “our ancestors” – REALLY? Isn’t that viewpoint THE problem? German Americans get blamed for what Germans did in 1941 even though their family immigrated to the USA in 1880? Is that fair? People living in Loudoun who grew up in New York might have lost ancestors fighting against slavery yet somebody who wants a simple solution blames them for what did occur in Virginia. Very few people who now live in Loudoun grew up here so the “our ancestors” is total BS and makes for a very false argument! ALL discrimination is WRONG! ALL preference based on color is WRONG! Are we going to get priority numbers tied to our melanin level? Our children need to be educated not indoctrinated. Did anything about the guy in Buffalo sound normal or sane to you? ANY position of supremacy based on color is NUTS! Isn’t it? All preferences based on color is discriminatory isn’t it? Let’s educate ALL our children with equal treatment unless there is an identifiable issue THEY need help with such as being handicapped or nobody at home speaks English or they have some manifesting physical malady that needs our support and empathy! Let’s start helping and not be so sanguine about blaming! 🙂

  • 2022-05-19 at 5:42 pm

    Families consists of an involved mother and father with kids that know who they are. Teaching them that they are not entitled victims. Unfortunately being an entitled victim is promoted by organizations who’s leaders reap financial rewards at the expense of others.

  • 2022-05-19 at 7:45 pm

    Ms. Gottlieb: “..the harm caused by colorblindness…”
    Martin Luther King: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

    Which one of these sounds like we should judge people on race?

    Happy National Asparagus Month Loudoun!

  • 2022-05-20 at 1:53 am

    Turtle is right. How about those families whose ancestors came from Ireland and Italy, owned no slaves, were subjected to terrible discrimination of their own right, yet the progressives never mention potential reparations for those ethnicities? So much for a level playing field.

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