A Virginia county official has expressed support for a local school board as it faces heat from some parents and teachers to promote Critical Race Theory (CRT) in district schools.
In a letter to the school board – a copy of which was obtained by Fox News – Loudoun County Superintendent Juli Briskman slams the district’s “low level of racial awareness” and describes opposition to the CRT curriculum as “racism developed.”
“It’s not always easy to be on the right side of history,” Briskman writes in an apparent attempt to bolster the spirit of the forces when dealing with societal insults.
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Briskman’s letter is dated Tuesday, though it is unclear whether the letter was written before or after Tuesday’s violent Loudoun County school board meeting – which included a burning speech from Fairfax County teacher Lilit Vanetsyan urging parents to push back against lesson plans for their children as they do not agree with.
Vanetsyan accused proponents of the CRT of trying to turn local school districts into “indoctrination camps,” where white students learned to “hate yourself because of your skin color.”
The recent events in Loudoun County, northwest of Washington, DC, reflect growing tensions in the United States between schools and families, claims Ian Prior, CEO of FightForSchools.com and a former Justice Department official in the Trump administration.
“What you see is a competition now between school and family, and if the school does not like what the family does, they will not hesitate to take on that role and really create chaos in a family,” Prior told Fox News .
Prior said he agrees that society needs to reevaluate the past from time to time as society evolves and learns from mistakes. But trying to update a children’s book about a character like Christopher Columbus may not be the best place to start, he said.
“Everyone recognizes that history comes with many different … complicating factors … as something that happened 700 years ago that we are trying to judge today,” he said, “and that there is certainly a place of that kind. reevaluate how things happen. There is a time and a place for it. But that time and place is not second class, because now I have to deal with the fact that my daughter thinks I’m reading books to her about killers. “
In his letter to the board, Briskman claims that the school board and “the entire Loudoun government system” have “an ugly history of discriminating against color students, even after the federal government ordered all systems across the country to discontinue these practices.”
She claims a 2019 school board resolution said the county’s schools had a “low level of racial awareness” that included students reporting “hate-based activity, insults and mockery.”
The supervisor notes that the county earlier this year advocated a solution that called for reform policies, outreach to minority communities and third-party monitoring “to improve equitable access for minority students.”
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“I stand by the school board as it finds strength to support all students, faculty, staff and families regardless of their skin color, ethnicity, gender orientation, who they love or socioeconomic status,” Briskman writes. “In addition, I support the school board as it makes the tough but necessary decisions to reinforce these principles that contribute to an ultimate goal of peace and equality for all.”
Briskman represents the county’s Algonkian District and serves on the county’s Family Services Board, according to the official Loudoun County website. She started her career in journalism and later served abroad for the U.S. State Department, her county biography page says.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this story.