Fairfax NAACP President Resigns from Virginia PTA After ‘Let Them Die’ Comments

Michelle Leete Resigns
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After a tirade against parents who support Critical Race Theory was caught on video, Fairfax’s NAACP Vice President Michelle Leete has resigned from her position on the  Virginia Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

“Today, the Virginia PTA executive committee requested and received the resignation of Michelle Leete, who served as Vice President of Training,” the Virginia PTA said in a statement. “While not speaking in her role within the Virginia PTA, we do not condone the choice of words used during a public event on Thursday, July 15, 2021.”

Leete spoke outside a Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) school board meeting, where she wished death upon parents who opposed Critical Race Theory.

“So let’s meet and remain steadfast in speaking truth, tearing down double-standards, and refuting double-talk,” Leete said. “Let’s not allow any double-downing on lies. Let’s prepare our children for a world they deserve.”

She continued:

Let’s deny this off-key band of people that are anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-equity, anti-history, anti-racial reckoning, anti-opportunities, anti-help people, anti-diversity, anti-platform, anti-science, anti-change agent, anti-social justice, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-children, anti-healthcare, anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-admissions policy change, anti-inclusion, anti-live-&-let live people. Let them die.

The school board was set to take a vote on how to address transgender students, and what restroom facilities they could use.

Leete distanced herself from her own comments in a statement to The Washington Post, telling the paper that she was referring to “the ideals that show a disregard and lack of support for our teachers who have a truly difficult job to do even without a pandemic.”

“I will certainly admit, it was ineloquently stated and with a pause for the applause, the timing was off,” she reportedly said.

The Fairfax County NAACP stood by Leete, who is the group’s first vice president.

“We stand firmly by our 1st Vice President and her work in the past, present and future, and are extremely disappointed that her long track record of tireless work and dedication within the Fairfax County community has been so easily disregarded and devalued,” that group said.

The group went on to encourage “civil conversations, free from racist, derogatory insults or obscenities.”

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Virginia Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Fairfax High School” by Fairfax County Public Schools

 

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