LEESBURG, Va. — There is a war in Loudoun County, Virginia, but no troops are on the ground. Instead, parents and teachers are fighting for the next generation amid a critical race theory clash that has boiled over into a national controversy.
Like-minded community members, with planning help from The Heritage Foundation and Parents Against Critical Race Theory, came together Saturday to sign petitions, wave signs, deliver speeches, and connect with one another for an “Education, Not Indoctrination” rally. Speakers included local parents and teachers, organizers, national activists, and scholars.
The county, which is about an hour outside Washington D.C., is somewhat famous right now. Numerous clips have gone viral of curriculum-infuriated parents at school board meetings. There is an effort to recall six of the nine board members.
Loudoun County Public Schools lurched toward critical race theory in 2019, setting up a reform agenda that in 2020 called for “a racially conscious, identity-affirming and culturally responsive learning space for every student and employee.”
This agenda has taken shape in a school mascot change; a conversation-stifling “diversity council”; a private Facebook group to plot against the opposition; more than $400,000 in taxpayer funds for “equity consultants”; and the firing, then subsequent reinstatement, of a teacher who opposes being forced to call boys girls.
Many Loudouners are against what they see as the indoctrination of their children. A poll of 400 voters obtained by The Federalist last week indicates more locals oppose critical race theory than support it. One parent is Scott Sincavage, a father of two kids. He was never politically active until critical race theory was injected into the local curriculum and the school system forced students to learn remotely.
“I’ve been quiet,” Sincavage told me. “I’ve never been active, not even to the point of coming out to rallies before. So, if I am able to get out here on a Saturday, I’m hoping there are 100 people like me who have decided that it’s time.”
Another protestor is Eugene Delgadio, president of the nonprofit Public Advocate of the United States and a former supervisor on the Loudoun
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