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.

In response to his removal last week from the Loudoun County School Board’s Equity and Discipline committees, John Beatty (Catoctin District) gave a follow-up statement during the board’s virtual meeting Tuesday evening.

The action against Beatty was the result of months of controversy after he reportedly made the following statement during a School Board equity training session in February: “It was worse for African Americans after reconstruction because they did not have the patronage of a master.”

Beatty began his statement Tuesday by saying he has “been under attack since February by activists unconcerned with the truth and only looking to score political points,” adding his critics “continued in their blind partisanship” even after he met with them one-on-one.

“Do we want to further tear apart our collective dialogue by allowing baseless lies to poison our community?” he continued. “Like a game of telephone, this lie has become distorted with each passing day, warped to represent the worst. Each accusation carries the flimsiest logic and is riddled with bad-faith assumptions.”

Critics of Beatty’s reported February statement include Wande Oshode and Katrece Nolen, two members of the division’s Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, or MSAAC.

Public figures and racial justice advocates have also criticized Beatty’s comments over the last few months, including current NAACP President Michelle Thomas and former President Phillip Thompson, the latter saying during a peaceful protest Sunday in Purcellville that Beatty has “got to go.”

“We won’t accept racism, and we won’t accept the status quo,” Thomas said during the public comment section of last week’s School Board meeting. “Mr. Beatty has proven that he has a lifestyle of racism and white supremacist ideology.”

LCPS Equity Committee members voted in favor of recommending Beatty’s removal from both committees on March 5, but when that recommendation was brought before the School Board on May 19, Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge District) objected to the consideration of the item, earning an affirmative vote of 8-1, with Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling District) as the only opponent.

“The board knew the truth, and they supported me. They were able to look beyond simple, ugly partisanship,” Beatty continued Tuesday. “So now it’s time for me to do my part. I’m going to double down against racism. I’m going to double down that I abhor slavery and its ugly legacy. It’s time to stop and reset. This acrimony and negativity is hurting our children, who are our ultimate responsibility.”

Beatty ended his statement by speaking directly to his detractors: “As for the people who started and spread these lies, I just want you to know that I forgive you and I pray for you each and every day. Thank you.”

Shortly after Beatty’s statement, Serotkin acknowledged and apologized for the “significant mistrust, anger and harm” his successful motion to object at the May 19 meeting caused in the following weeks.

“I did so primarily because I believed, and still do, that the School Board as a whole didn’t have the authority to take action on the recommendation,” he said. “[LCPS policy] gives the power of committee assignments exclusively to the board chair, and it’s with that authority that Chair Sheridan chose to remove Mr. Beatty from two of his committee assignments last week.”

Toward the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Beth Barts (Leesburg District), who represents several of the same schools as Beatty, seemingly criticized the lack of remorse in his statement.

“I had hoped tonight that the families at our schools would hear his words of regret for his comments that were hurtful to a lot of our families,” Barts said. “Unfortunately, that is not what was said tonight, so I’m going to share his words as quoted in the media with our school families, so that they hear these words from their representative.”

She then read a portion Beatty’s response to a Times-Mirror request for comment on Feb. 26: “I deeply regret that a comment I made was construed as suggesting that I support slavery. I do not! I abhor slavery and all the injustices that have occurred since then.”

“I think it’s very important that our families hear those words, and I trust that, going forward, sharing our schools, that we can work together to make sure all our children get the best educational experiences possible,” Barts concluded.

Sheridan offered the meeting’s final comments, saying she plans to make new appointments to the Equity Committee in the next week, and addressing community “dissatisfaction and unrest” in response to the board’s dealings with Beatty over the last few weeks in particular.

“I usually end the conversations with frustrated members of the community by quoting Maya Angelou, and that’s what I’m going to do now. ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time,’” Sheridan said.

The School Board also issued a written statement condemning racism Tuesday night, which all board members signed.

Tuesday’s Loudoun County School Board meeting is available to view in full at vimeo.com/427396614.

(56) comments

Guest

Lawman, you know what you are. You know what I want to call you, but I won’t. Not because you aren’t.(you are!). But because in these times people that speak out can lose everything they’ve worked for, and you simply aren’t worth it. You advocate and cheer on as the white man is pummeled by gangs of black youth on MSNBC (you have admitted), and you think that’s good? You like that? You call that a revolution. Boy, you don’t know a revolution. You think you do. You can’t fathom what a real revolution would do. Thank you for you people acting a fool. I get to show my kids what you truly are, how you truly act when you aren’t trying to get in the white women’s pants. Thank you. I’m glad EVERYONE can see how you truly are. I also see how these same people, coworkers, neighbors, close lifelong friends aren’t speaking out against this violence all throughout the country because of 4 cops; two being white. I see you. I see how you truly feel about the white man. I can honestly say white people aren’t the racist ones. Black people are the racist ones. No other race acts like this and does the things you do, from the resisting arrest, assembling to destroy and loot, assembling for violence against the innocent. Sad everyone else just watches and allows you to do it.

hardworkingamerican

Just so everyone knows the PPP from the BOS county was a scam to get town businesses to be forced to apply for a county license so the county can double tax them. VOTE RANDALL AND OTHERS OUT!!!

Guest

Three posts this morning. So how hardworking are you?

RandomName2019

What are you talking about? All businesses in the county have to register with the county, even if they're in the towns, but the towns collect taxes on the gross receipts. Maybe you should talk to a business owner in Loudoun...

RoundHillGuy

pander to the woke mob or they will come for you just like the Stasi comrades.

hardworkingamerican

LTM where is your news flash on the riots and looters and people in Richmond that are destroying things. Statues to people except for the ones to Democrap liberal KKK leaders like Robert Byrd? What is wrong with you and others here? You want death and destruction? What is wrong with you people. If you want citizens to take the law into their own hands you are going to get it. Enough is enough. To all Black Americans, you have been used, abused and cheated by all liberal Democraps. Trump worked tirelessly to have you in a position that was the best in history. Help the country continue your freedom from liberal evil that has used and abused and victimized these inner cities in the name of WHAT?? Don''t let these BLM and ANTIFA thugs destroy your families and businesses. Stand up against liberal tyranny. VOTE ALL LIBERALS OUT!!!

Guests are not anonymous

This is my final test comment. Interesting to see the result.

Guest

Lol, so who am I?

hardworkingamerican

Again, liberals want nothing but to line their pockets and screw hard working businesses. Case in point how they support the destruction and looting of Black American businesses. How they support teaching that police are evil in school. How they support banning social gatherings unless you are protesting or rioting. Like wanting to take down any statue that scores them political points, but yet praise Robert Byrd who is a KKK recruiter. Byrd has all kinds of things named after him, and yet he is one of the most viscous racists ever. Oh that's right, he is a liberal Democrap, so it's ok, Oh and don't forget Hillary idolizes him so that must really make it ok. Again wake up. Everywhere liberals are in control the inner cities are in a state of total destruction. So now when Northam, Randall, Wexton, Bell, Kaine, Warner and others strip citizens of their protection of police and there is blood in the streets and looting and rioting you will know who to thank. Why don't all of you wake up and smell what you are shoveling. Liberal sick racists are honored and anyone else is destroyed. Destruction and killings and murders and the list goes on is out of control in inner cities and our little "council" is acting all noble. GOD make me vomit.

Guest

None of what you wrote is worth the electrons you destroyed in the process.

Guest

Please seek help and cleanse the toxin in your mind and soul. You're spewing forth vitriol and hatred, net offer no solutions or positive alternatives to what you condemn? If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. We need increased peace, not increased antagonisim.

Voltaire

Hardworkingamerican--Robert Byrd did a lot of good things for the State of West Virginia during his 50 years as a U.S. Senator and deserves to be recognized. He acknowledged that his membership in the KKK in his early years was wrong and was later praised by the NAACP as a champion of civil rights. You want racist Senators, then why don't you mention Jesse Helms (R-NC) or Strom Thurmond (R-SC)? Both of these senators are far more "viscous racists ever."

Guest

Or just today a state senator from Tipp Ohio asked if, in his words, “ the colored population “ struggled more with COVID-19 because “they do not was their hands as much.”

According to many here, there is no racism problem so I guess this guy simply stumbled on his wording

Guest of Course

What’s wrong with colored. People of color used colored all the time. NAACP check out what the C stands for.

Guest

Guest. You need help if you are being serious

RoundHillGuy

hardworkingamerican, you should know by now that when you present truth, the libs operate solely on emotion and feels and can't process your words or fact.

Guest

How would he know this? No truth yet

Lawman

Man somebody please wipe Brenda’s foot print off John’s backside. Looks like she kicked a bit of sense in his head. Was a tough talking guy, like many of these all hat no cattle chumps in Loudoun a few months ago, but he got broke down shotgun style now he’s all contrite. In case you missed it, this Revolution was televised last night. Punks Jump Up And Get The Beat Down!!!

BobOhneiserEsq

OK. there is dissatisfaction with what he said. How about being dissatisfied with the continued EXTREMELY PREJUDICIAL BUSING of children from Plaza Street, Leesburg to four out of their area elementary schools instead of allowing them to go to THEIR COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL? Let's have some disgust with a REAL issue that is hurting innocent diverse children instead of this politically morality signaling? No - I don't condone his statements nor his apparent lame approach to being on the school board representing my Catoctin community but the time spent on this compared to real issues is immoral in my opinion. Let's fix real problems that the school board is expected to do under the law 22.1-79. :-)

stopit

thank you, Brenda Sheridan

stopit

Beatty's racist remarks and his defense of them are disgusting. He is embarrassing. Loudoun County is better than this.

ace10

This man put himself in the hole. And rather than someone giving him a ladder, it appears that it's raining shovels.

Unrelated_Guest

He said what he said and mean it. Everybody is ALWAYS sorry until they lose opportunities, sponsorship, and the money starts messing up.

Guest

Many people are saying someone hit him in the head with a shovel during his formative years

Virginia SGP

A shakedown to gain control over the politicians. That's all this was. Just like with Northam (who was likely racist at one point).

The civil rights issue of our time is whether we will provide an EFFECTIVE education for all kids. We know this is not happening in LCPS as many teachers are far below the national norms in effectiveness. Are black and minority students being disproportionately assigned to these teachers thereby crushing their hopes and dreams for a successful career?

Based on LCPS own data, black students achieve student growth (growth compared to those starting from the same point so it is an apples-to-apples comparison) at only the 48th percentile. Whites and Asians achieve growth at the 52nd percentile of higher. LCPS could quickly see if black students were being assigned to ineffective teachers more often. Those teachers should be removed from the classroom.

Who is stopping the removal of ineffective teachers thereby hurting black kids? The biggest racists on the school board: Brenda Sheridan, Beth Barts, Denise Corbo, Jeff Morse, Ian Serotkin. They care more about giving $5000-7000/year raises to INEFFECTIVE teachers than providing minority kids a quality education. That is immoral. It is evil. It is racist. And they should apologize, repent, and remove those ineffective teachers right NOW.

Oldbroad

And Michelle Thomas lives in River Creek! Hmmm, I'll refrain from anything else...'nuff said

DavisB

since when do you care about education - your mission is to dismantle LCPS only because so many in the schools continue to laugh at you. Grow up, dude

Guest

Stop being mean to Brian. He is special and folks should not pick on him so much. Let Brian do Brian

Guest

Lawman, is that you?

Virginia SGP

Do teachers care about students getting raped? Nope, still teaching at Trailside.

Do teachers care about effective instruction? You all protect the bad teachers?

Remember when teachers claimed their distance learning delivery with no live instruction was great? You see the parent riots over the horrendous LCPS distance learning?

You all live in NeverNeverLand. At some point, sonebody at the castle will actually care, fire 20% of the teachers and force the others to work.

Guest

I forgive you, Brian

Lawman

Brian looks like that broken clock was right twice today for you son. Give ALL kids a quality education should be job one. But you can’t have an ignorant racist in the decision making process. So you get a B - on this assignment young man. Couple of years and we might make a passable human being out of you yet, just need to get you to stop harassing female school board members.

Guest

Lawman - Sonny Cauchi

Guest

lawman is such a troll and thinks he is clever. I can’t wait till the silent majority checks your ass. It’s coming just like last election. :)

ChocolateDinosaur

It doesn't matter to them, they will simply wake up and continue complaining and whining about everything and everybody around them. These people are irredeemable, please don't waste your time and please stop engaging here. There are actually some level headed good posters here that have good local info, let's respond to them and not the trolls and depressed.

Fairmont

I have advice for elected officials. Keep your mouth shut unless you are specifically talking about the job the public hired you to do.

Voltaire

Good piece of advice!

Virginia SGP

Yes, but should politicians avoid these sideshows on "equity" where it is all about ignoring facts and trying to catch somebody in an inartful phrase?

Loudoun Observer

That's the rub. The lesson here is to keep very very quiet any time anything that could be construed as the least bit racial comes up. People are learning. It seems like BLM will be slightly more appeased when no more honest conversations are occurring, the police are defunded and reparations are paid. That should help improve relations.

Oldbroad

And you expect it to change...how!?

DavisB

still don't get it, Brian? when will you learn simply to stay quiet?

Guest

Everyone in authority or who is a celebrity or simply a white guy named Brian should stop trying to “educate” the community with pseudo social science or history gathered from a google search. Unless you are a professional with years of research and practice, simply stop taking at people.

Guest

Inartful phrase? He could have take responsibility when this first happened and apologize for saying something stupid. But he exasperated the situation y saying he had nothing to be sorry about. Only now that he has lost his committee position does he come out with weak words on contrition.

Virginia SGP

So is this a new strategy for Hypocrats? Since they have no facts on their side, they want to ban all facts now? Really "Guest" ?

Kind of like you tried to censor the truth too.

The only systemic racism in LoCo is from the teachers protecting the horrible teachers of black students.

Guest

SGP-ban facts? What are you taking about ? Are you stroking out! Do you smell toast?

Lawman

Best advice I have heard on this LTM comment section period. Shut up and do your job.

ace10

That's exactly how I feel when I see (D)'s participating in mass gatherings in violation of public health guidelines.

Lawman

Come on out Ace10 we get a place for another donkey. Lol. The Revolution Will Be Televised!!!

Guest

Are you OK with gathering to defend gun rights or to protect the lock down? Or only BLM gatherings ?

Virginia SGP

I (and most) are ok with all protests. Listening to Hypocrats lecture one week and March the next is pretty pathetic.

Speaking of pathetic

SGP-leave the discussions to the adults. Go back to your cartoons

Guest

The revolution was already squashed. You burned your own shitty liberal cities, the White House is taking down the fence, people are going back to work, we are already forgetting about George Floyd the 9x felon on drugs passing counterfeit money and resisting arrest. Good day, lawman!

Guest

Your so insightful, lawman.

Lawman

Guest you still here. I thought they threw you in the pond with Columbus. On no were you standing under Jeff Davis when he fell. Man stay safe, it’s open season on idiots and relic. You know what I have to say, especially if you were watching MSNBC tonight, this Revolution is being televised!!!

Voltaire

Lawman--You know that you are in violation of Federal law. The act of advocating rebellion is a Federal offense and is subject to 10 years in prison. As I have said before, consider yourself fortunate, as in other countries the penalty for treason would be execution.

Guest

My favorite part was when the morons pulled down the statue and hit some bruva in the head. He is in critical condition. Reminds me of the flag burners in 3rd world countries that catch themselves on fire. Classic comedy!

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