LCSB 2/25/20 - Beatty, Nolen

Loudoun County School Board representative John Beatty (Catoctin District) listens as Katrece Nolen, who chairs Loudoun County Public Schools' Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, accuses him of racial insensitivity at the board's Feb. 25 meeting.

Loudoun County School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) announced Tuesday night her removal of John Beatty (Catoctin District) from his role as chairman of the board’s Discipline Committee and from his membership on the Equity Committee, effective immediately.

Beatty became the focus of public controversy in February after reportedly making the following statement during a School Board equity training session: “It was worse for African Americans after reconstruction because they did not have the patronage of the master.”

At the Feb. 25 board meeting, several community members came forward to condemn Beatty’s reported statement. Wande Oshode, who chairs the Leadership Committee of the LCSB Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, deemed his words “inexcusable” and called for his removal from the Equity and Discipline committees and that he leave the board altogether.

Katrice Nolen, who chairs MSAAC’s executive board, opined Beatty “lacks empathy and shows no respect for the African American community" and asked he participate in a "restorative practice circle," though she did not call for his resignation.

Beatty responded to the Times-Mirror’s request for comment Feb. 26 in an email, saying he “deeply [regretted] that a comment I made was construed as suggesting that I support slavery.”

"In reading the quote out of context, I agree that it is offensive. However, the point I was making was not, as I was speaking to the issue of being deliberate and thoughtful before taking any actions,” he added.

Community discussion of Beatty’s remarks continued for several weeks. Some firmly argued that Beatty “is not a racist,” while others — even some who did not necessarily deem Beatty’s remarks as explicitly racist in nature — called his remarks “worrisome.”

During the March 5 meeting of the Equity Committee, members voted in favor of recommending Beatty’s removal from both committees to the School Board. Beatty, Sheridan — who chairs the Equity Committee and is a member of the Discipline Committee — and Leslee King (Broad Run District) abstained from both votes taken.

The recommended actions were added to the information agenda of the board’s May 12 meeting, but discussion was postponed to May 19 due to time constraints. However, when the board arrived at the item during that meeting, Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge District) objected to the consideration of the item. The board affirmed that objection in an 8-1 vote, with Sheridan as the only one opposed.

“I did not vote in favor of objecting to the consideration of this item, not because I support removing Mr. Beatty from the Equity Committee or as chair of the Discipline Committee, but rather, as the chair of the Equity Committee, I feel it’s my responsibility to speak on behalf of the committee and bring its recommendations forward,” Sheridan said during her closing remarks at that meeting.

“The work we do, the difficult conversations we’ve had and will continue … we will find ways to address our priorities and we will move forward together,” she added, speaking directly to members of the Equity Committee. “I am confident that we as a committee can bring forward recommendations that the School Board can support.”

However, a number of community members criticized the board’s dismissal of the information item regarding Beatty during the virtual public comment sections of following meetings. Speakers included LCPS parents, members of MSAAC and local equality advocates, including Loudoun County NAACP President Michelle Thomas, who on Tuesday called for Beatty to resign and for Serotkin to be censured.

“We won’t accept racism, and we won’t accept the status quo,” Thomas said. “Mr. Beatty has proven that he has a lifestyle of racism and white supremacist ideology.”

At the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting, Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian District) and Harris Mahedavi (Ashburn District) issued apologies for their approval of Serotkin’s motion to object two weeks prior.

“It’s become clear to me from the many conversations that I’ve had over the recent few weeks that the way that we handled the requests from MSAAC and the Equity Committee have caused more pain to the community, including our own staff,” Reaser said.

“I sincerely believe in the work of the … Equity Committee. It’s made for a purpose, to address a number of systematic issues that we as [LCPS] have, and that needs to be continued for us,” Mahedavi added. “Not listening to the motion on [May 19] was poor judgment on my part.”

Sheridan briefly announced the action against Beatty after the board adjourned a roughly two-and-a-half-hour closed session Tuesday evening.

“I will work with board members to make changes to committee assignments as necessary,” Sheridan concluded before adjourning the evening’s virtual assembly altogether.

The actions come amid nationwide upheaval following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer last week.

LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams released a statement Monday condemning racism and race-related violence.

(115) comments

Voice of reason

Very well put Leesburg Guest, if Mr Beatty clarified his comment as you just did, I believe we wouldn't all be going on about it. It's all in how you say things

amerigirl

If you are using those words as an excuse then it shouldn't matter. he didn't say some laves, he generalized and made it sound like the slave owners were their saviors.

Lawman

Can somebody please go whip that size 12 foot print off Mr. Beatty’s backside. Fair warning to any other politician who wants utter something stupid again!!! Now let’s get that crane ready for that statue.

Guest

Spoken like an ignorant punk

RoundHillGuy

virtue signaling white suburban social justice warriors strike again. Side note, I put a black square on my instagram account and single handedly cured racism. You're welcome. Now let the thanks pour in....

amerigirl

I think you just proved racism.

pual mase

Ouch, AG accuses someone of racism. That never happens

BurgerBoy

I guess we have freedom of speech, we're just not free to use it without being punished.

Exaggerated punishments are handed out for 'insensitivity' these days out of fear of being seen as guilty by association. Just like in the McCarthy era.

Welcome to thought slavery.

Virginia SGP

You know, I regularly taunt former NAACP chair Phillip Thompson about filing a real federal lawsuit. They don't have a case so they just talk about one.

However, while activists can put pressure on timid politicians to bow down on these committee assignments, students do have free speech rights (albeit limited). If any of this equity nonsense enters into rules about what students can say in class (some equity members suggested this would be an "example" of what might happen to students who said the same thing), I can guarantee there will be a federal lawsuit filed and these racist, shakedown artists like Michelle Thomas and Thompson will cause LCPS to lose big time.

If they would like to see what a real civil rights violation looks like, then just try to restrict that speech within LCPS.

amerigirl

Yes, and there are limitations on that freedom of speech. There are policies that people need to conform to for their work. I bet you couldn't walk into you place of business yelling racial slurs, screaming there is a fire, or anything that would incite the public and still keep your job.

Leesburg Guest

True, amerigirl, but Mr. Beatty was doing exactly what the equity committee is supposed to be all about: having difficult, raw and honest conversations about what racism and inequality have and continue to look like in America. I assume that his point was that the newly-freed slaves lived a horrific life during Reconstruction. The South had been decimated -- crops and livestock destroyed. Slaves had been fed and housed because owners had a financial incentive. Once that was removed I can't imagine what their suffering was like. I can't believe that Mr. Beatty was insinuating that slavery is better than freedom -- my assumption is that he was trying to convey the horrors any group endures after war (think Berlin after WWII or Hiroshima after the bomb). I say "assume" because we don't really know what he said or the context of his remarks other than what one other member of the Committee thinks she overheard Beatty saying in his small group. Who is going to want to speak up and have these difficult conversations now? Are we really to believe that he would say African Americans were better off as slaves in a roomful of African Americans?

amerigirl

Nope, it was a training class, had it been a test he would have failed. Ugh you also think that slaves needed the patronage of a master?

Leesburg Guest

amerigirl, did you even read my post? My point was that freed slaves went from horrible existence to even more horrible existence -- not that they were "better" off as slaves, but that their misery was compounded by living through the racist days of Reconstruction. Of course they were better off spiritually and mentally as free people! Like I said in my earlier post, you'd have to be an idiot to tell a roomful of African Americans that slaves were "better off" before Emancipation. Which is why I believe that whatever Mr. Beatty said was either taken out of context or poorly conveyed.

pual mase

Don’t bother with AG....she has no interest in accuracy or truth.

All that MSNBC viewing has erased all integrity.

amerigirl

Yes I read your post with disgust. Freed slaves went to a even more horrible existence? No. They were no longer being whipped, raped and tortured on a daily basis which was the case in many circumstances.

Guest

LCPS should spend more time educating students then worrying about someone starting an historical fact. During this shutdown, meeting the teacher once per week for 30 minutes is unacceptable even for elementary kids.

amerigirl

it's summer, there is no school.

Lawman

Bounced his racist ass. Whose next? Don’t like how we rolling in Loudoun, moved to West Virginia that got openings for racists over there. Confederate Statue, you next!!

Guest

I hope you kidding Lawman

Voltaire

Guest--he is probably not.

Voltaire

Lawman--as someone who has family in Northern West Virginia, I take some serious exception to you commenting that West Virginia is a home for racists. Just how in the world can an individual paint an entire STATE as racists. Ignorance must be bliss. Well, let's see, during all the civil unrest, I didn't see WV having cities burn to the ground and I saw the citizens of WV showing compassion and understanding for George Floyd but also respecting the rule of law. But, that doesn't suit you liberal elitists who sit in "ivory towers" and pontificate ad nauseum about grand "thoughts of the day" and who want to paint entire professions and now apparently states of the Union as racist because they don't simply fall into the majority opinion's neat narrative. That is simply disgraceful. I see that you want to revise history too. Well, unfortunately, you can't so simply get over it. BTW, the taxes in WV are cheaper than here, so maybe I can take my wealth and leave this area since this area doesn't want to respect individual rights and freedoms. I pay high taxes for what again?

Guest

Please don't come here.

Sincerely,

West Virginia

Voltaire

Guest--wow, do you speak for the whole STATE? I didn't know that Governor Justice read the LTM. If you know anything about West Virginia which I very strongly doubt, is that the state's population welcomes people. So, grow up. Juvenile and Trite to say the very least.

Guest

I see your point. Let me apologize. Maybe I should have clarified...I am a tax paying law abiding West Virginia resident. On behalf of this tax paying citizen...please keep yourself, your wealth, and your tax dollars in Loudoun County.

Warmest regards,

This particular West Virginia Resident.

Voltaire

Guest--that is your opinion but you don't speak for the whole STATE now do you? This is America and I can move any d*** well that I feel like.

amerigirl

Hope they aren't hoodrats like the people described in Jasmines post. Again who said the entire state was racist? Ignorance must be bliss.

Voltaire

AG--oh boy, some more elitist smugness. Concerning your comment, Lawman stated the following..."Don’t like how we rolling in Loudoun, moved to West Virginia that got openings for racists over there." The statement, as written infers that everyone in West Virginia is a racist. Yes, indeed, ignorance must be bliss based upon the postings by some individuals on this site, no?

amerigirl

Vol, you think that was smug, get a dictionary. It’s called frustration, when other people refer to people as hoodrats the lack f respect and despise toward their fellow man frustrates me. Yes, there is a lot of ignorance in the posts here, maybe I should join them. It would be nice to have bliss over frustration

Voltaire

AG--I can understand/respect your frustration at times. I can't argue with the rest of your premise and actually agree with it.

Guest

No thank you. Virginia can keep them. West Virginia is closed.

With gratitude,

West Virginia

RoundHillGuy

More racists comments from lawman.

amerigirl

How is that racist?

Jeanne T

That must make you feel "good".

Mencken's View

What is clear is that this is the quality of LCPS teacher that Loudoun's children have before them. John Beatty is quite simply ignorant of Civil War history. There are ample sources available to him, from the rich archive at Balch Library to a rich library of video and plain old books (best sellers and scholarly texts) that Loudoun residents are familiar with. His is the case where there were great Dem and Independent candidates, and therefore the bottom of the barrel candidate came out on top.

Virginia SGP

What Beatty said (that slaves are worse off financially) is a factually true statement. Period. End of story. This is true of all slaves throughout history.

Just because you want to rewrite the truth doesn't mean everybody will turn into minions to follow you to doublespeak.

Guest

Not what he said, Brian. Don’t change the narrative.

Virginia SGP

Are you suggesting that Beatty said slaves "were better off" being slaves? He denies that was the context. There is no recording of the conversation. Why would you deny what he clearly says he meant?

I am unaware of anybody saying slaves were better off as slaves. There are differences of opinion on whether folks should be willing to fight to the death to become free (from slavery or even from British rule). Clearly there were those on both sides of all races. The Loyalists clearly weren't willing to risk their lives for American freedom. And John Brown and Nat Turner clearly thought death the better alternative than living in slavery. My personal belief is that death was a better alternative in both situations but there were many who disagreed.

And I don't even understand calls to remove him from the committee. In the Equity committee, he is one of 18+ with virtually no power. Even if there eventually was a person with a different perspective, why not keep them on? And on the discipline committee, he is one of 3 votes, not a majority. Plus, these committees don't have any power on their own. Only the full board can enact the policies.

I can tell you that I would want representation from all viewpoints on any organization I created. If we had a group on police reform, I would want a police officer who was skeptical to point out what reforms may pose risks for officers or citizens (exposed to criminals not apprehended). You don't need to turn over authority to minority opinions, but why would you not want them represented?

This is just a shakedown.

amerigirl

Not true, not factual, not end of story. If they were better off why were they running away? What was the point f the underground railroad? You are the one rewriting the truth.

hardworkingamerican

So "Coonman" Northam dresses up in KKK, blackface and says how hard it is to get shoe polish off and no one does anything. Someone talks in a historical academic manner and they are racists? God you sick warped hypocrites

SuperGuest

Now Gov. Blackface is going to remove all them bad Confederate statues in Richmond and add them to his personal collection at home.

amerigirl

He might let you have one so you can add it to your hate memorabilia.

amerigirl

racist again. I suggest you also look up racial microaggression. You can cover it up with your fantasies about what might have been, doesn't change that you are a racist.

amerigirl

Prove it was him in KKK, nobody else could in their investigations, either of the people that were in that picture. Only 2 people had ever refereed to him with that racist r=term until all the haters started using it.

ajtaylor

He got in trouble for talking academic in front of non-academics. About time this Democrat is eaten by their own! Social Justice Warriors 1, Liberal Think Tank 0!

jke

U of South Carolina compiled a number of first hand "Slave Narratives" in the 1960's. They interviewed hundreds of former slaves. Google them. Many of these former slaves said the reconstruction period made them nostalgic for their slave years. It was a rough time, no doubt. Just throwing out some first hand information. I'm not taking a stand one way or the other. .

pual mase

Truth and historical accuracy don’t matter to these people. They use racism accusations as a weapon with a hair-trigger to silence others and advance their dishonest agenda.

Voltaire

jke--thank you for the information. I will do so. It sounds like an interesting read. [smile]

amerigirl

hahahaha, wrong.

Phil Tatler

How ironic! No diversity tolerated in this "diversity" group!

amerigirl

What are you talking about?

LetFreedomRing

Yet if he had worn blackface or a KKK hood and put a (D) next to his name, he would have been promoted to governor.

John M

This reminds me of the poor guy who worked for former DC Mayor Williams who used the word "niggardly" when having a financial discussion. Unfortunately, his audience was too uneducated to understand the word was used properly (definition: grudgingly mean about spending or granting) and he lost his job. I remember telling my friends that the guy was going to lose his job and they didn't believe me.

Guest

Perhaps you need to understand the origin of the term before you call others uneducated. If we as a people don't draw the line on mistruths and misstatement then we will lose our republic.

Virginia SGP

Another radical Leftist who is about as clueless as they come. Please tell us the origin of the term:

What does the Spanish word niggardly mean?

Niggardly (noun: niggard) is an adjective meaning "stingy" or "miserly". It is derived from the Middle English word nigard, which is probably derived from Old Norse hnǫggr ("stingy"). N*****, a racial epithet in English, derives from the Spanish/Portuguese word negro, meaning "black", and the French word nègre.

Voltaire

Virginia SGP--thanks for the information. I didn't know the origin of that word but do now. [smile]

Jeanne T

The origin of the term? See below.

John M

Well, Guest- you proved my point, that's for sure.

amerigirl

SGP. Being the right-wing bigot you are, I am surprised you know the word. Who asked you what it meant anyway?

chrisnich

As I recall, he quickly got his job back when he came out as gay. The liberal establishment didn't know what to do. You had angry blacks vs. effete gays, and the gays won. I don't think I'm allowed to post a link on this page, but Google it. It's an interesting story.

amerigirl

No, it was well know when he was campaigning, that had nothing to do with it. But you can go ahead and make a big deal of something false.

amerigirl

Wow you had to really dig back to get that one. Thing is that David Howard resigned. Williams was berated for accepting that resignation.

amerigirl

What a low, racist, and typical fascist remark.Claim everything true even though it has never been proven. Slimey

amerigirl

Racist!!![angry]Have you ever heard of racial microaggressions? It still means you are a racist.

A Minority View

I don't know if this guy is a racist. I don't know if he thinks people who don't look like him aren't equal to him. I don't know a thing about what's in his heart. I do know that was a really insensitive comment--bordering on, let's say it, stupid at this moment in history--and for that he does have to pay some price. Perhaps he already has. If he makes a contrite apology (and from what I've seen, he's not quite there yet..but it's not impossible), then all this other stuff is just piling on. Maybe a chastised board member is worth more than a board member with an agenda that hasn't been challenged yet. Hard to say. My point? I'm a straight-ticket Democrat voter and have no use at all for the sickness parade the Donald Trump marches in front of, but I also don't believe we send people to re-education camps (which it sounds like these education majors have in mind). Let's give this fellow an opportunity to show what's in his heart and then judge him.

Borninloudoun

It is not up to “us” to judge anyone. There is only one judge. If you are judging others, you probably need to look in the mirror.

amerigirl

Only one judge? WHAT???

MinorityThatSurvived

Obviously Beatty's comment wasn't liked, but to say he was offensive is a bit exaggerated as well. History is what it is. We talk about the past to be able to learn from it and strive to build a better future. Hope you will come around to that concept.

Voltaire

MinorityThatSurvived--Good point.

Guest

"straight-ticket Democrat" just implies you're an idiot for not researching the policies and stances of the candidates. Even amongst the Democratic party, there is division. Do you bother looking up who the candidates are or voting in the primaries? If so, that's a good start. If not, you're just an idiot.

Guest

Pound sand and get a clue

Duncan Idaho

Says the guy who probably votes straight Republican.

amerigirl

Spoken like a true republican straight ticket voter.

amerigirl

Your an idiot if you can't get all that info from all the mailers stuck in your mailbox. But I have seen actual lies on some of those mailers. Not to mention all the TV ads that they run. By the time to vote you know more about them than some of your own family.

SuperGuest

You're right about one thing, you don't know a lot.

amerigirl

Who are you even talking to?

stopit

Catoctin residents, you have the power to petition for his removal from the board. ONLY YOU can do this. please and thank you.

SuperGuest

Wow, thanks for the rallying call. You've inspired me so much.

amerigirl

You are just a bully right? You feel superior when you make fun of other people who don't deserve it? If you had nothing to say about the post then why did you open your mouth.

Voice of reason

Good decision!! What he stated, “It was worse for African Americans after reconstruction because they did not have the patronage of the master.”, was his and others opinions, not fact, worse in what way? Were they beaten more, worked harder, separated from their families more,raped and abused more? If you mean they had to try to build a life for themselves, work for themselves and live with their families as hard as it was without the " patronage of their masters" , then I bet they'd choose freedom

pual mase

Thanks for sharing your revisionist history and juvenile analysis.

Try understanding history in the context of the time when freed slaves suffered greatly without jobs, communities or support systems of any kind. No one, including Beatty, was condoning or justifying slavery. He was recognizing the potential unintended consequences and the need to address them. For that the race-baiters dismiss him.

amerigirl

And there is that self-righteous indignation we have become so accustomed to hearing from you. Rewriting history to fit your agenda.

Guest

Thank goodness this action was FINALLY taken. With the level of discipline disparity and opportunity gaps right here in our very own school district, the least the board can do is ensure that all committee members and especially chairs have the right mindset to serve on these two important committees! Thank you, Ms. Sheridan.

KK153

word.....salad.....

please tel me of these "opportunity gaps"...

loudoun fan

What a shame. What he said wasn't racist. It wasn't mean. It was an absolute fact of what happened at the time. This says that the goal is not equity. The goal is not to learn through conversations and learning about each other's history. It's to scrub our history clean as if not talking about it will make it all go away.

DavisB

"absolute fact" that formerly enslaved people were better off when they were enslaved? What a shame you think this is OK

loudoun fan

This is why things don't get better. In no way did I say people were better off as slaves. The experience Beatty referenced did actually happen to many freed men.

pual mase

Drop the self-righteous indignation DavisB.

Nothing will get better if people cant have honest discussion........then again I’m not sure that’s the goal.........better to be a perpetual victim, right Davis.

Guest

Pual. Perhaps read the story first before you formulate your post. The idea that this writer decided for all what is an absolute fact and how the rest of us should respond is something none of us should accept. Remember that Beatty doubled down on his original statement instead of acknowledging the error. For you to fake indignation here shouts of ignorance to what we are all witnessing around us.

pual mase

What you are witnessing is a mirage

amerigirl

PUAL, WHAT??? you have more self-righteous indignation than anyone else that posts here. Never an honest discussion, it's your way or they are wrong and a liberal. Was that last line a threat? Get off your high horse.

amerigirl

A mirage, please tell me that you will soon fade away.

pual mase

DavisB has a habit of twisting words, misinterpreting comments and selectively editing others. If intentional, it is dishonest. If unintentional its ignorant.

People hear what confirms their bias

As you say, you don't find anything wrong with his comment. Others find it a horrible thing. It's like watching Fox News, if you get news from many, unbiased sources, you find Fox a wretched propaganda machine. If what you watch on Fox confirms your biases, you think it's the one true source of information. No one is proposing to scrub our history clean here...

loudoun fan

So, when men were freed, they had it nice and easy? Everyone gave them access to everything they needed? Beatty was recounting a historical fact. Nothing more. Because he mentioned something that was a hardship to a freed man he's a racist?

amerigirl

Yes it was racist to say that black slave had it harder when they were free than when they were owned and subjected to the horrors they endured.

pual mase

I say the same about MSNBC , CNN and networks.....liberal bias and propaganda .

You’ve been brainwashed

amerigirl

Not really, they are rated ya know. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-are-the-most-and-the-least-trusted-news-sources-in-the-us-2017-08-03. Look where Fox stands, then WAPO, Politico, NY times, Reuters, the sources I use. Look how Fox got slammed with a lawsuit for lying about the Covid during a national emergency,

MinorityThatSurvived

That goes both ways dude. Be weary of CNN; aka fake news. Same crap with more gossip.

amerigirl

Then don't use any of them, look at the chart I put in the response to Pual and pick from there.

Voltaire

People hear what confirms their bias--actually, the popular opinion/liberal elites are actively working on scrubbing history. Governor Northam has signed an Executive Order removing Robert E. Lee from Monument Avenue and the Mayor Stoney wants the rest of the Confederate monuments removed. If I recall, Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy, but no, that want do. The liberal elites are working overtime to erase the Confederacy and any trace of it because they want to be political correct and hurt nobody's feelings. This obsession of revising history to try to erase portions of the U.S. History that are not politically correct or fit their narrative is clearly unacceptable.

Guest

- When you take down a statue of Robert E. Lee, have you "scrubbed"/"erased" him from history? Does he disappear from historical documents and museums?

- Robert E. Lee himself said, "I think it well, moreover, not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered." Why do you think we should keep a statue of him?

- The Confederacy seceded from the United States in order to uphold slavery. Why should their history not only be remembered but glorified?

Voltaire

Guest--we should keep a statue of Robert E. Lee, be it in a museum, because he was an instrumental figure in the Civil War and that is historical fact. People should learn about all sides of the Civil War (Confederacy and Union) to draw an objective opinion of that period of time. You can't do that when you actively try to eradicate the Confederacy for the interest of political correctness. As stated, this obsession of revising history to try to erase portions of U.S. History that are not politically correct or fit their narrative is clearly unacceptable.

amerigirl

There is no confederacy anymore. Put all that junk in a museum, not on the public streets. If people want to go see it they can. But it wouldn't be out there offending other people. No one is trying to erase history, but why would we be honoring the traitors who fought against the US and lost? History books won't change history won't change.

Voltaire

AG--wow, I didn't know that the Confederacy didn't exist anymore. Thanks for the enlightenment, not. Those statutes, contrary to the liberal elites, are not junk they are considered artwork as an artist made those items with his own hands. But, then most liberal elites wouldn't know art if it slapped them, so that explains that. So, you don't think that your fellow liberal elites aren't trying to change history? Explain to me then why Mayor Stoney, the Mayor of the City of Richmond proclaimed on WWBT-12 television that Richmond is no longer the capital of the Confederacy?

The historical record begs to differ.

amerigirl

Vol, people will learn about the civil war, it is part of history class. They will learn this regardless od ant statues, painting, or memorials or any kind. It isn’t eradicating anything. History is history and that won’t change. But having symbols of people who supported slavery in the most prominent place in the capitol of Virginia is just wrong in a multitude of ways. NOBODY is revising history or trying to erase portions of U.S. History, history is not dependent on statues. If most people in the US will never even see those statues how will their removal change history? It is the people who have an obsession with the confederacy, those waving their confederate flags that are trying to changing history because the confederacy does not exist, Virginia is part of the US, why are they waving that symbol of hate and suppression? Why are they disgracing Virginia by not using it's flag?

amerigirl

Vol, you think the confederacy still exists? It is history. Then put your “artwork” in a museum where it belongs. Funny, I have probably sold more art than you have ever looked at. Explain that. I have yet to see a fascist interested in art. Now I’m elite? Oh POW, was that supposed to hurt? I know what I am, I’m fine with it. You don’t have a clue about me, lets keep it that way. Do you think Mayor Stoney said that because the confederacy no longer exists? No big leap there.

Voltaire

AG—I hope that people will learn about all sides, North and South, in history class. Actually, contrary to popular opinion, it would be right to have the statutes honoring the confederates from Virginia in Richmond because, contrary to what Mayor Stoney stated on WWBT-12, Richmond will always be the Capital of the Confederacy. That is part of the historical record and is an established fact. However, just because Richmond has that past doesn’t mean that it can’t move forward and build what I believe the Mayor is trying to do which is unify all the people in the city and build a new image. BTW, I am very well aware that the Confederacy doesn’t exist anymore. I also agree with you that the best place to put these statutes is either in a museum or on a Civil War battlefield. I am not a fascist but I do like art and music, notably opera/classical.

Oldbroad

Amen. NAACP is a racist group!

Guest

Next to the Board of Supervisors this is the most worthless group of people in Loudoun County. A bunch of clown college drop outs. My apologies to clowns.

MinorityThatSurvived

Lol! The idea that we give these select few sooo much power over the children and their education is bewildering. I mean, BS--the chairwoman is a what now? Security analyst? How well did her kid turn out and she wants to do what with the education system? Boy oh boy. Godspeed.

Guest

I have read every comment to understand both sides of the argument. But your rude and belittling comment about the chairwoman’s kid was uncalled for. You should be ashamed of yourself.

amerigirl

Now you're picking on kids, what a man

Guest

Another example of political correctness run amok.

Dump the Discipline and Equity committees and their useless members.

Another example of pandering to the racial victimhood industry.

Borninloudoun

Have to agree with both comments!

Oldbroad

I finally agree with you on something!

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