Two CRT Rallies Planned at Tomorrow’s School Board Meeting

Two rallies on the same topic—critical race theory—but from different points of view will be held when the Loudoun County School Board meets Tuesday afternoon. 

“Eraced,” a rally against CRT, will be held at the division’s administration building from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

At the same time and same location, a pro-CRT rally will also take place. Its intent, according to rally founder Heather Gottlieb, is to gather peacefully to show support of teaching accurate history, CRT, and social emotional learning at division schools. 

Eraced is a movement that “loves life of every race and color and sees all mankind as one blood and equally valuable,” according to an event flyer. 

Clint Thomas, a father of a Loudoun County student and one of the rally organizers said in a press release, “Parents have had enough. Enough of the division caused by LCPS policies on race, gender, and equity which have dumbed down and lied to our kids and led to increased mental health issues.”

Elicia Brand, president and co-founder of Army of Parents and rally organizer said in a press release, “We want the good, bad, and ugly of American history to be taught in our schools. We want slavery and racism to be discussed. We want it taught within a framework of compassion and understanding, designed to unify not divide, educate not blame and shame. We stand firmly against any policy, action, or teaching that infers one group of people is inferior or superior to another, discriminates based on skin color, supports the bigotry of low expectations and that is anti-American.” 

It will feature 10th District Congressional candidate Hung Cao, candidates for both the Leesburg District and Broad Run District School Board seat, Moms for Liberty, Army of Parents, The Loudoun County Republican Women’s Club and Fight for Schools. John K. Amanchukwu Sr., a former college football player turned pastor, speaker and author of the book “Eraced: Uncovering the Lies of Critical Race Theory and Abortion” will speak. Other speakers include Erin Roselle Poe, president of the Loudoun County Republic Women’s Club and Vice President and Co-founder of Army of Parents; Fight for Schools Executive Director Ian Prior; Moms for Liberty Loudoun President Cheryl Onderchain, Loudoun moms Xi Van Fleet and Shawntel Cooper, Republican 10th District Committee Chairman Geary Higgins, NOVA High School Republican Club President Michael Gregory and others, according to a press release.

Gottlieb said in an email that critical race theory really just means “that while learning about American history and economics and healthcare (and anything really) that we need to consider the experiences of Black people and people of color.”

She said that 57% of the county students are non-white and said she believes that percentage makes CRT appropriate for students here. 

Gottlieb said it’s acknowledging that Black people and people of color experience life differently, and their experience matters. She added that it’s not about feeling guilty about one’s ancestors being oppressors. She said many times, racism is an unconscious thing, and people don’t realize they are doing it until they start to learn more about it. 

“We want the Black community and the community of color to understand that we are going to show up for them and we aren’t going to back down,” said Gottlieb in an interview. 

Gottlieb organized the rally because she wanted the community to know there is a loud majority that do not agree with the message coming from the other side. She said she can’t imagine what Black people and people of color in the community are feeling when they see anti-CRT talk all over the media and don’t see pushback from the community. She said she couldn’t sit by and do nothing after she heard about the Eraced rally.

“This really is a grassroots effort. It’s just individual people who really feel this is important,” Gottlieb said.  She said she began organizing the rally two weeks ago, created a Facebook event and has been sharing it to let people know about the rally.

Gottlieb said the rally is meant to show why it’s important to learn about other cultures, accurate history and how differently people are treated based on the color of their skin.

“A lot of people want to talk about fascism or bash the other side. That wasn’t the intent,” she Gottlieb.

“But if we want to make a difference and move the needle, we have to show up together for everything,” she added.

Both rallies will be held outside the school administration building at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn. 

18 thoughts on “Two CRT Rallies Planned at Tomorrow’s School Board Meeting

  • 2022-09-12 at 11:11 am
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    The fact that Gottlieb consistently refers to black people and people of color separately tells you how divisive she is. How are black people not people of color?

  • 2022-09-12 at 11:32 am
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    Why do Democrats always organization counter-rallies? Why do they hate the principles of 1st Amendment and insist on showing up and shouting down different opinions? Why don’t Democrats actually embrace diversity of thought?

    • 2022-09-13 at 10:06 am
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      What a odd take. Protesting AND counter protesting is the EXACT thing as the 1st Amendment. And its not normally those on left that consistently struggle to follow the rules and and are always interrupting or trying to intimate those that speak at the school board. The 1st Amedementment is not just for you.

  • 2022-09-12 at 11:45 am
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    Wow, nice to see Gottlieb being honest about pushing CRT in schools and judging every group outcome from a racial perspective. This would be a disaster for kids. Instead of teaching core skills, INCLUDING the ability to analyze real data to determine whether there is bias, the Leftists want to teach kids to focus on race and assume all differences in group averages must be because of “racism”. Not only is that toxic but it is the antithesis of becoming educated.

    At least now there are no false claims that Democrats are not pushing CRT in LCPS.

    • 2022-09-13 at 10:08 am
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      No one is “Pushing” or teaching a 3rd year law school course of study on school kids. The right simply tries to argue that teaching ANYTHING they are uncomfortable with, or even teaching that racism played a large part in US history is “CRT”. One side wants to teach all of history. The other sides wants to ban books, hide history, and pretend that all racism ended 100 years ago.

      • 2022-09-13 at 3:20 pm
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        Wcd, thanks for demonstrating that you are both dishonest and incapable of understanding CRT. Capitalism is complex and taught in graduate school. That doesn’t mean the cliff’s notes version cannot be taught in middle or high school. Your claim that CRT cannot be taught in LCPS is demonstrably false.

        CRT presumes differences in average group outcomes are because of racism. Even you can comprehend that. It therefore is the antithesis of the scientific method, a backbone of western civilization. The fact that LCPS cannot teach kids how to analyze such hypotheses (you obviously couldn’t master it with your government school education either) is an indictment on LCPS inability to teach logic or basic scientific principles. LCPS is simply Marxist indoctrination these days. You can scream all you want, nobody believes you.

  • 2022-09-12 at 12:10 pm
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    I wish Clint Thomas would avoid generalities such as “Parents have had enough.” After all, there’s a wide range of individuals who care for children. And I daresay they all don’t agree with Mr. Thomas. For example, I helped raise my nephews due to an absentee father. Why should I be denied parental status? On a brighter note, Happy Positive Thinking Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-09-12 at 3:35 pm
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    CRT was conceived by marxists in order foster division and tear down society.
    It is an historically inaccurate philosophy that portrays white people as guilty of racism and black people as systematically oppressed because of skin color. CRT ignores human individuality and reduces us to our racial identity. It ignores individual responsibility for success in life. CRT perpetuates victimhood that inhibits success in life.
    CRT is a poisonous, politically motivated initiative that has no place in our children’s education, despite the nice words it’s advocates use to describe it.

    • 2022-09-13 at 10:10 am
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      Give 1 example of a actual thing taught or pushed in LCPS that even comes CLOSE to what word salad you just described. Not “I heard” or “a friend of a friend told me”. A actual quiz, test, home work assignment, syllabus, or worksheet that is being used in LCPS that pushes that kind of stuff.

  • 2022-09-12 at 4:39 pm
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    Heather Gottlieb, I assume, is white. So she is just another white person with “white-guilt” out to prove that she is not racist because she believes in CRT. Her argument that CRT is appropriate because the majority of students are non-white is rubbish and dangerous.

    1. Are majority of all children in this county non-white, or just those that go to public schools?

    2. Regardless, it should not matter. CRT teaches children that, at a high level, white people are bad and inherently racists. It teaches our kids to hate the country they live in because it was founded by slave owners and all systems created are systematically racists. It teaches our kids to learn through the lens of color versus teaching our kids that color shouldn’t matter. What matters is who you are as a person.

    History is history. No one is arguing that history should not be taught. Including the stains of this country. But what I have a problem with is teaching our kids that one color are oppressors and they likely are racists or have racist tendencies. I have a problem in teaching our kids that they should hate their country because of the time period it was founded within — breaking news — this country was not the only nor first to have slavery; it was common back then and there are still countries that continue that practice today. I have a problem with teaching our kids that we should “cancel” the founding fathers because they practiced what was common then.

    We should be teaching our kids accurate history, but also to be proud of their country. We have evolved and will continue to evolve, which makes this country so great. We, as a country, have done so many good things around the world between fighting for what’s right, innovation, humanitarian efforts, etc. etc. But the far left only wants to teach the ugly and stains of this country, and to show how disgusting this country is.

    Maybe Ms. Gottlieb should travel to Iran or North Korea or Venezuela or Cuba and see if we are just as bad as those countries before she tries to have our kids taught to hate America.

    • 2022-09-13 at 9:45 am
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      I think this is the best response. No matter what the facts are, either side can distort to make it appear their side is right. Back in the dark ages,( the 60’s) we spent a whole year studying VA history. I don’t remember whether slavery was covered but it was a historical fact. There are a lot of historical things that happened that were not right. But to continually make people living now bear the brunt of guilt for things that happened over 300 years ago is getting tiresome and tedious. My friends “of color” (not singling out blacks!) do not think I should feel guilty! We need to focus on moving forward, not belaboring the past. There are enough inequities in the world today that we need to focus on. The present towards the future.

    • 2022-09-13 at 10:11 am
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      Well that is not CRT but regardless, none of that is being taught in LCPS.

  • 2022-09-12 at 5:08 pm
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    No one is saying history shouldn’t be taught honestly warts and all. That is not what CRT is about. The current mantra of CRT isn’t about teaching history, it is about demonizing today’s children who are either categorized as oppressors or oppressed. This is not only despicable it is dehumanizing. The left only sees people in the context of identity groups, never as individuals and certainly never as Americans who can take advantage of all the benefits this country provides.

  • 2022-09-12 at 7:51 pm
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    Most of the anti-white stuff the ant-CRT misinformed have claimed is being taught is not at all what is being taught or what is planning on being taught. It’s merely scare tactics. History is complicated. And it has lasting effects, which are important to understand. FFS and other want us to ignore 300 years of slavery and racism and pretend it didn’t happen and has no effect on what is happening today. Moms for Liberty, one of the sponsors of the anti-CRT rally, has advocated for segregating LGBT student into separate classrooms. That tells you where this group wants to head.

  • 2022-09-12 at 8:33 pm
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    Being technical, what is being taught in schools is not Critical Race Theory. That itself is a law school level course. What they are teaching is actually Critical Race Applied Principles… or CRAP.

  • 2022-09-13 at 5:25 am
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    Does Heather have any clue how many teachers( since they forced CRT and a host of other racially charged propaganda) in our schools have been called a racist? When Tucker Carlson went after Fauquier County Public Schools, their superintendent gave a percentage of how many white teachers they employ so it has been unfair I guess to people of color. Seemingly, his comments rubbed a multitude of teachers the wrong way…does he want to segregate and only hire minorities? You can pull up his article on Fauquier Now. Because if that is what he wanted; that is what he got because they struggle to recruit and or retain with this new propaganda. If white teachers aren’t wanted in the public schools, they will remove their white children too and can home school or go to private. Is this is what black parents want? Isn’t it time we hear if this is what the black families want for their children? Where is black America on this issue or are these rallies for CRT orchestrated by the billionaire who has organizations for everything attacking Americans. Do black people read applications for jobs with a skill set spanish speaking preferred? Do they think this is fair? Do they want their children whose neurons are developed exposed to gender neutrality. God Gave us two genders. Male and female with a set of different hormones.

  • 2022-09-14 at 3:40 pm
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    Have any of the supporters of CRT thought for a minute what the long-term consequences of teaching it to our children will be? On the one hand, it purports to paint a more accurate picture of history, which is not what people are protesting against. On the other hand, it teaches that white people today are racists because of the actions of their ancestors. This is divisive, and I’m not seeing in any of their materials where they will help children continue to work together despite their racial differences. How does this help unite our children, especially since they will need to continue to work with diverse sections of the US public for the rest of their lives? If self-segregation is the ultimate goal, then they may well see it in our lifetimes.

    • 2022-09-15 at 6:55 pm
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      Actually, we should congratulate the Democrats. They are the ones who created Jim Crow segregation laws in the first place and over time have caused people to think that they are the ones who are against any form of segregation, yet when it comes to any and all government programs, what’s one of the questions they always ask you? “What is your race?” They proceed to put a bunch of checkboxes under that… so they are still subdividing people… and then, flying in the face of desegregation efforts by Republicans (passing Civil Rights legislation with minimal to no Democratic votes in Congress) and corrections by SCOTUS (/Brown v. Board of Education/ overturning /Plessey v. Ferguson/, for example), they have gotten those same groups who were once forcibly segregated by their despicable laws to actually DEMAND segregation… separate graduation ceremonies, dormitories, meeting spaces, etc.

      And now we have CRT… where everything must be examined through the lens of race, judging every person or action based on the color of the skin of both parties involved. Dr. King must be doing some violent back flips in his grave.

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