The following mailer, by a group called “Concerned Parents of Loudoun County,” apparently has showed up in some Loudoun County mailboxes this week. See below for comments by the Loudoun County School Board Vice Chair, Atoosa Reaser and also by Equality Loudoun, which writes:
“There are forces at work in Loudoun County who want our schools to be less diverse, less accepting and less inclusive. Thank you to the parents, students, teachers and LCPS staff who continue fight to make our schools a place where LGBTQ+ students feel welcome and loved.”
By the way, Tolerance.org is “a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center…founded in 1991 to prevent the growth of hate.” It “includes more than 500,000 educators who read our magazine, screen our films, visit our website, participate in Mix It Up at Lunch Day, use our curriculum or participate in our social media community.” Also worth noting:
“[Tolerance.org’s] materials have won two Oscars, an Emmy and scores of honors. The project has been named a ‘Friend of the UN,’ recognized by the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, and selected by President Clinton’s Initiative on Race as one of the nation’s ‘Promising Practices” to eradicate racism’.”
For more information on teachingtolerance.org, see the Southern Poverty Law Center’s page, and learn how you can help combat hate and intolerance in *your* community, including the type of hate and intolerance demonstrated by the “Concerned Parents of Loudoun County” mailer!
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