Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler continues to claim critical race theory isn’t being taught to teachers or students. In support of this claim, Max Sawicky urges everyone to calm down in an op-ed in our local paper, The Loudoun Times-Mirror. Sawicky claims it’s ridiculous to think high school students are being taught critical race theory because it’s “w-a-a-y over the heads” of both high school students and laypersons.
Ziegler and Sawicky are playing with semantics. Much of what is being touted in Loudoun County teacher trainings and trickling down into classrooms are poisonous fruit straight off the critical race theory tree. Unfortunately, Americans are daily gobbling up these divisive beliefs.
What Booker T. Washington noted generations ago still rings true today:
There is a certain class of ‘race-problem solvers’ who don’t want the patient to get well; because as long as the disease holds out, they have not only an easy means of making a living but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.
Loudoun County Public Schools has paid various race problem solvers to find and remedy “systemic racism” in our schools. Systemic racism conveniently presents a problem that cannot be solved, making Washington’s quote both prophetic and wise. While so-called experts rake in a lot of money making themselves prominent, our student body suffers from myriad issues created by the very initiatives these race problem solvers claim they will fix.
Indeed, some white students are experiencing the effects of “equity,” being told, “Check your white privilege,” and “You can’t be in this conversation because you’re white.” This is just one example of how equity treats everyone as mere avatars based on their outward identity without any regard for their individual characteristics.
The whole construct of white privilege constitutes group guilt for our white students. It also harms students of color by labeling them permanent victims while denying them the dignity, agency, and ability to flourish based on their own merit and good character.
Our education leadership denies it, but “equity” is critical race theory dressed up — fruit pleasing to the
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