Lottie Spurlock, the Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) district’s equity director, shared a graphic dividing American citizens into two groups, the one identifying the privileged and the other referring to the oppressed people.
This publication came as a surprise, particularly in the light of the fact that LCPS presents one of the most affluent school districts in Virginia.
As expected, men, white people, and people of middle to high income, as well as those aged between 20 and 50, were described as privileged.
The list of privileged identity groups also comprised heterosexuals and ‘currently able-bodied’ individuals.
People who are either college-educated or have parents who possess some level of higher education were also identified as belonging to the group of privileged.
Quite controversially, Christians were also listed as privileged.
The group of privileged also involved those born in the U.S. and having English as a mother tongue.
Other groups listed as privileged included people who were not adopted, those average or thin in terms of weight, and lighter complexions of people within a race.
On the other hand, people of color, women, and children topped the list of groups identified as oppressed.
Along with them, the group of oppressed listed LGBT people, gender non-conforming, non-Christians, immigrants, and those over 50 years old.
There were also people from a lower-income background, those without college (or with uneducated parents), single parents, adopted or foster children, overweight people, those who do not speak English as their first language, disabled, and individuals with darker complexions of their race.
Reacting to the list, the Fightforschools.com executive director Ian Prior described it as another instance of LCPS’s support for racism and an attack on people’s religious freedoms.
He criticized how the school district discouraged its community from perceiving people as individuals rather than members of some identity groups.
Spurlock’s publication of the list is seemingly just a part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Anti-racist work (DEIJA) training.
This initiative came as a response to a growing influence of leftist movements, such as Black Lives Matter (BLM), toward school policies.
As the training administrator, Spurlock encouraged the school administrators to use the terms ‘Black and Brown’ and ‘BIPOC’ when referring to minorities.
He also listed ‘15 traits of white supremacy culture,’ including individualism, perfectionism, objectivity, and a belief that there is a single right way.
Some of the recent DEIJA activities in Virginia involved the discussion on barriers to success ‘Latinx’ students experience.
Among the hardships discussed were deportation threats, language barriers, immigration, and employment difficulties.
The organization of such activities is expected to continue during 2022.
LCPS reportedly plans to spend more than the U.S. $6 million for the program.
Much of this money would be distributed to people involved in the program, such as equity instructors and school counselors.