I am greatly troubled by the recent hysteria stirred up in Loudoun County about good faith efforts to teach a full history of our commonwealth and country.
As someone educated in the 1960s and 1970s, whose children were educated by LCPS during the 1990s and 2000s, I have been shocked to recently learn some of this county’s and country’s horrific history that I never knew before.
1. I never knew that the Leesburg fire department filled in a pool with cement and rock in 1965, rather than let black children swim with white children.
2. I also didn’t know that lynch mobs in the south treated the sadistic public torture and murder of black people as entertainment, gathering children from school and sending commemorative post cards.
3. I also never learned about the massacre and destruction of the black community of Greenwood in Tulsa OK Memorial Day weekend in 1921.
4. Did you know that German Nazis referenced US segregation laws and attitudes to build the legal underpinnings of their regime to subjugate Jewish people?
How did I get to the age of 60 in this country and never learn these things? I understand that these are uncomfortable stories to learn, but what good does it do us, our children, communities and country to pretend these things never happened?
I love this country and am proud of our founding ideals, accomplishments, and that we are a beacon to so many of the world’s people. It does not hurt me, as a white person, in any way to acknowledge this history, learn why, and discuss how to stay and do better.
Did you know Germans, by law, do not glorify Hitler and the Nazi regime and teach that history to guard against it ever happening again? I think this would be a wise course of action in American schools, including LCPS. How might we all be freed to move together in harmony by acknowledging what happened, understanding the root causes and committing to a more perfect union?