A district official in Virginia has expressed support for a local school board as it faces warmth from some parents and teachers to promote critical race theory (CRT) in schools in the area.
In a letter to the school board, a copy of which was obtained from Fox News, Loudon County Superintendent Julie Briskman denounced the “low level of racial consciousness” in the area and described resistance to the CRT curriculum as “racism evolving.”
“Being on the right side of history is not always easy,” Briskman wrote in an apparent attempt to awaken the spirit of board members as they deal with community outrage.
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Briskman’s letter is from Tuesday, although it is unclear whether the letter was written before or after the boisterous meeting of the Loudon County School Board, which included a fiery speech by Fairfax County teacher Lilith Vanetsyan, who urged parents to abandon any plans for lessons for their children with which they do not agree.
Vanessan accused CRT supporters of trying to turn local school districts into “indoctrination camps,” and white students were taught to “hate themselves for the color of their skin.”
Recent events in Loudon County, northwest of Washington, reflect growing tensions in the United States between schools and families, said Ian Prior, executive director of FightForSchools.com and a former Justice Department official in the Trump administration.
“What you see is a competition between school and family, and if the school doesn’t like what the family does, they won’t hesitate to take on that role and really cause chaos in the family,” Prior told Fox News.
Prior said he agreed that society should reevaluate the past from time to time as society evolves and learns from mistakes. But trying to update a children’s book on a figure like Christopher Columbus may not be the best place to start, he said.
“Everyone realizes that history comes with many different … complicating factors … like something that happened 700 years ago that we’re trying to judge today,” he said, “and that there’s certainly room for a reassessment of how things happen. There is a time and place for that. But this time and place is not second grade, because now I have to deal with the fact that my daughter thinks I read her books about murderers. “
In a letter to the board, Briskman argued that the school board and “the entire Loudoun government system” had an “ugly history of discrimination against colored students, even after the federal government ordered all systems across the country to end these practices.”
She claims that a 2019 school council resolution states that schools in the county have a “low level of racial consciousness” that includes students reporting “hate-based activities, insults and insults.”
The Authority notes that earlier this year, the county agreed to an agreement calling for reform policies, the coverage of minority communities and third-country monitoring “to improve equal access for minority students”.
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“I stick to the school board because it finds the strength to support all students, teachers, staff and families, regardless of their skin color, ethnicity, gender, loving status or socio-economic status,” Briskman wrote. . “I also support the school board, as it takes strict but necessary decisions to strengthen these principles, which contribute to the ultimate goal of peace and equality for all.”
Briskman represents Algonquyan County and serves on the county’s Family Services Council, according to the official London County website. She began her career in journalism and later served abroad for the US State Department, according to her page in the county’s biography.
Fox News’s Michael Ruiz contributed to this story.