Letter: Evan Parrott, Ashburn

Unless your community newspaper has signed up wholeheartedly to Critical Race Theory (CRT), I recommend you caution your staff about the word traps and euphemisms that CRT espouses.

Take, for example, the word “equity” used by Supervisor Briskman (“New Environmental Commission Committee Sets Goals,” Loudoun Now, Vol 6, No, 33, p.4) and in “This Week’s Question” (p.33). The word “equity” sounds innocent and non-threatening enough, but means something vastly different in CRT’s esoteric lexicon. A UCLA university law professor (Cheryl Harris)—in the name of “equity”—has proposed suspending private property rights, seizing land and wealth and redistributing them. In this sense, “equity” is little more than reformulated Marxism—which, as you know, has been tried by brutal Marxist dictatorships from Russia to Cuba and North Korea. Did Supervisor Briskman merely stumble into this word trap or did she really mean something else? Why does the school division’s plan use the term “equity?”

“Antiracist” is another euphemism that fails to convey its insidious CRT meaning and is often used as a worthy goal. Another professor (Ibram X. Kendi) is even proposing the creation of a federal “Department of Antiracism” that would be independent of–not accountable to–the elected branches of government. Professor Kendi even goes so far as to espouse the overthrow of our free enterprise economy. He is quoted as saying that, “…to truly be antiracist, you also have to be anticapitalist…”

The CRT lawyers and academics are masters of euphemisms that hide a more sinister meaning hoping they slip into our casual daily conversation. We depend on you to be sensitive to these euphemisms and code words, and point out instances where they mask intentions that subvert our Constitution and attack our democracy.

Evan Parrott, Ashburn

5 thoughts on “Letter: Evan Parrott, Ashburn

  • 2021-07-11 at 4:49 pm

    If you have read any of the recent Loudoun Now articles on the unfolding debacle that is Loudoun County Public Schools, you would know that the paper of record is a wee bit less than “fair and balanced” on this matter.

  • 2021-07-12 at 3:08 pm

    what does a California professor have to do with Loudoun politics? equity means fair or impartial. We’re getting all upset about a pretty innocuous word. I like that you throw in a bunch of unrelated stuff too to back up your fear of the use equity…

  • 2021-07-19 at 10:12 am

    Unless Evan Parrott has actually taken a CRT course, I recommend you caution him about opining about what CRT is or is not in your letters pages.

    It’s clear that Mr. Parrott doesn’t actually have any first-hand knowledge of the concepts or messaging but instead prefers to, ahem, “parrot” right-wing talking points that are intended to inflame otherwise well-meaning people who are struggling with cognitive dissonance over the fact (and it’s a fact) that systemic racism is real and needs to be confronted and dealt with if we are a country are to make any progress.

    As an aside, this is one heck of a straw man — CRT is not taught in elementary schools or secondary schools in LCPS or anywhere else in the nation. But it sure is entertaining to hear a bunch of confused, angry white people (I’m white, btw) prattle on about Marxism (as if it’s 1987 and that’s scary), declare how people of color don’t actually suffer in this mythological egalitarian society (which is anything but) and think it’s tantamount to teaching hate (it isn’t.).

  • 2021-08-05 at 7:27 pm

    File this under “Tell me you don’t understand what CRT is without saying you don’t understand what CRT is. Only a small number of law students has ever taken a class on CRT, everything else you hear is lies and nonsense.

    Angry, bitter, extremist white Americans, the most easily stampeded animal on the planet. Anything to drive up the white-supremacist vote, huh? 😉

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