Letter: Geary Higgins, Waterford

Editor: I recently saw a July 23 tweet from the Loudoun County Chair Phyllis Randall that said, “Some people think equity means taking from some to give to others. It doesn’t, equity means offering everyone the same opportunities to succeed and thrive. For that to happen we must first dismantle the racist systems that have unfortunately been foundational in America. Let’s go.” 

First, let’s discuss so called “equity.” Many on the left like to use the words “equity” and “equality” interchangeably, but their meanings are quite different. In the political context “equity” is used to mean treating people differently with the desired outcome of getting everyone the same results. Equality, on the other hand is treating everyone the same under the law and providing them the same opportunity to succeed in their “pursuit of happiness.” So called “equity” is based on determining equal outcomes and is not about providing equal opportunities. You cannot have freedom and “equity” because people are all different, have different desires and will pursue different outcomes. 

When New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, leader of the controversial “1619 Project,” said in her own words, “If you want to see the most equal, multiracial democ … it’s not a democracy — the most equal, multiracial country in our hemisphere, it would be Cuba…. Cuba has the least inequality between black and white people of any place really in the hemisphere…”, she wasn’t talking about “the same opportunities to succeed,” she was talking about everyone having the same outcomes. Interestingly, in the quote above the author caught herself referring to Cuba as a democracy instead of a 

Socialist State. 

Now let’s talk about the “racist systems” that Phyllis Randall said, “we must first dismantle… for everyone (to have) the same opportunities to succeed and thrive.” Loudoun’s population is 7.6% African American, and yet we currently have three African Americans serving on a Board of nine. So, 7.6% of the population has 33.3% representation on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Since 1989, in Loudoun County, there have been six general elections where the county, statewide or national candidate was African American. In five out of six of those elections the African American candidate has won; Doug Wilder for Governor in 1989, Barak Obama for President in 2008 and 2012 and Phyliss Randall for At-Large Board of Supervisors in 2015 and 2019. Wendall T. Fisher for At-Large School Board in 1999 was the only one who lost. These facts simply don’t add up to Loudoun County operating as a “racist system.” 

As to the need that we “must first dismantle the racist systems that have unfortunately been foundational in America.” I am greatly saddened when I hear this kind of race baiting coming from our leaders, particularly local leaders, because they should know better. For the record, America and Western Civilization did not start the institution of slavery, they ended it in the West and if you look to the east, there are countries that still practice forms of it and none of the “social justice” warriors even notice. 

The Democratic Party has controlled the governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature in Virginia from reconstruction until 1993, so if there are any “racist systems” in Virginia, they are the legacy and residue of over 120 years of one-party Democratic control and rule. 

I would suggest to Phyllis Randall that she exhibit unbiased leadership and stop the divisive race baiting narrative, stop racially dividing the residents and children of Loudoun County and start governing with an eye towards “the content of a person’s character rather than the color of their skin.” 

“Let’s go.” 

Geary Higgins, Waterford
Former Catoctin District Supervisor and School Board Member

12 thoughts on “Letter: Geary Higgins, Waterford

  • 2021-08-04 at 1:50 pm

    Whites had widespread access to mortgages and advanced educations since WW2, allowing their families to prosper. It took decades for minorities to get similar access, so they will always have to play catchup unless we work to balance the field.

    • 2021-08-04 at 3:58 pm

      “balance the field.” You literally just proved his point. In order to balance an unbalanced scale, you have to move something from one side to the other in order to make it “balance.” Opportunity is available to every American who wants it, which is why so many people want to come here. Are you suggesting that we change to an equity system, where something is taken from a part of the population which had nothing to do with past inequities and simply give it to another part for no other reason than dissatisfaction with our country’s history?

      • 2021-08-04 at 5:17 pm

        Yes. If your family benefitted from the racist policies that allowed you to have an unfair head start then yes, you should pay into correcting it. We dragged the starting line way back for many and now say it’s not our problem that they continue to finish last.

        • 2021-08-05 at 12:06 pm

          What if my family didnt benefit from those racist policies? Am I exempt and where do I get my exemption card.

    • 2021-08-05 at 11:32 am

      You are looking at Whites like a monolithic bloc which, like any other racial group, they are not. Whites suffered discrimination too. The Irish, Italians, Pollocks, etc. all took it in the shorts at one point or the other.

  • 2021-08-04 at 7:15 pm

    While I usually disagree with Chairwoman Randall, I think this letter misses the point of systematic racism. The question to be asked is do all interactions with the police afforded the same outcome, or are the police more likely to place an African American in handcuffs. Once arrested is an African American afforded the same opportunity to hire a lawyer with credentials or are they using a public defender. If convicted, do they face the same penalties as a white person. My position is that they do not across the country, but they do in Loudoun.

    Likewise when we look at education, we must look to see if the African American students are afforded the same education. Do they have access to the same teachers and resources? I believe they do in Loudoun. But the true factor to education is whether there are 2 parents at home who can assist their child after school with their homework and test studies. My view of Loudoun is that many African American parents are well educated and have 2 parents in the home. Thus affording their child the chance of home support. This is not to degrade any single parent, black, white or any other race. They are hard working but their time is more limited than 2 parents.

    Personally I feel Hispanic kids are at a greater disadvantage. Many, not all of course, come from homes with parents that are not highly educated, don’t speak English and work multiple jobs with long hours. So their ability to support their child’s education is limited. Unfortunately we have too many leaders that see this as a black vs. white issue when it’s an affluent vs. struggling issue.

  • 2021-08-04 at 9:09 pm

    Democrats have moved so far to the left that the party as we once knew it no longer exists. This new group of Democrats is eating their own party alive as they can’t be satisfied or “left” enough. Each day, we think we have seen the farthest left the party can move, then we hear some new outlandish proposal from some “squad” member or their followers. Nothing satisfies them- ever.
    Democrats have confused “equality” with “special treatment”- and this is because the Democratic party has brainwashed minorities into believing that special programs, special education (grade curving, etc.), are what equality means and it’s not. Democrats for generations have convinced minorities that the whole country is racist and they, the Dems, are their saviors, yet they have done nothing to advance minorities toward true equality and only kept them dependent on the Government for generations.
    True equality means everyone contributes to society by working, paying your taxes, and being a good citizen. Two years ago we had the lowest unemployment rate among African Americans in our history and THAT was true equality, not collecting checks from the Government for doing nothing.
    Phyllis Randall is just another in a long line of Democrats who cannot resist the urge to make everything about race and she fails to see her own racism in doing so.

  • 2021-08-05 at 1:21 pm

    What’s this? Another pasty kinda unattractive old white guy cherry picking MLK quotes from a speech he obviously has not read in its’ entirety?

    Garry Higgens was kinda your typical uninspiring Republican with hopes for higher office that probably were never going to happen. Then he went MAGA and has found new wind.

    • 2021-08-05 at 4:05 pm

      Won’t be long before the AFF’s of the world cancel MLK. Their desire for hate and intolerance make that famous line of equality problematic for them.

  • 2021-08-05 at 4:02 pm

    Let’s assume Phyllis actually said these things and take her at her word. Let’s dismantle a racist systemic problem right here in Loudoun and let’s do it NOW! The kids in the Plaza Street area should be allowed to attend the nearest school to them which they can walk to. (Frederick Douglas E.S.) The forced busing of these kids away from their neighborhood to three out of the area schools IS A RACIST ACT as it definitely restricts their ability to network with neighbors, study with classmates, attend parties with other classmates, spend time doing school work instead of commuting and not feeling like a stranger in someone else’s school would be reasonable. So I call your bluff – DO SOMETHING! Tell the school board to FIX THIS or stop issuing rhetorical statements apparently intended to make sure you get that next political job based on anything other than accomplishments 🙂

  • 2021-08-06 at 10:20 am

    Well said Geary. And are the “Plaza Street kids” black enough to go tthe Fredrick Douglass school? Maybe the busing is keeping out non black kids?

  • 2021-08-30 at 4:32 pm

    Too bad G. Higgins didn’t treat constituents equitably (for many reasons)—- it was about how much they donated to his campaign or their political influence.

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