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The three Republican members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors walked out on a joint meeting with the school board, rather than watch an informational presentation on Unconscious Bias.

“You are insinuating that somehow members of the Board of County Supervisors hold these implicit biases against different racial groups….The fact that we’re talking about this when we’ve got a global pandemic happening, when we have kids who are floundering at home, we we’ve got to figure out how we are going to fund schools for next year. We’re taking time during the joint meeting to talk about this. I find this very disturbing and I object to this type of training during this meeting.”

“I felt that it was important to walk out and not just sit there, because I refuse to legitimize this notion that we are all somehow racist. We live in a great county. This is a difficult time for everyone, and I wholeheartedly agree this is not the time nor the place to be having this discussion. We should be using this time- both board- to work together and really tackle the issues.”

Later, after learning that PWCS was presenting Implicit Bias training to its staff, Candland started an online petition: “Say No to Critical Race Theory and Unconscious Bias in Our Schools.” Currently, it is the teachers and staff, not the students who are learning implicit bias.

Maggie Hansford, President of the Prince William Educational Association, and former Democratic candidate for the Brentsville District Supervisor, wrote a response to Supervisor Candland.

In a grotesque representation of privilege, Pete Candland sent an open letter to all constituents demanding accountability for tax dollars spent by the BOCS/School Board on “hyper-progressive” issues such as race and diversity." Hansford went on to explain how studies have shown that everyone forms implicit biases through childhood.

--Bristow Beat

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Submitted: Mar 28, 2021