Posted on July 19, 2021

‘Let Them Die,’ Top PTA, NAACP Official Says in Tirade About Anti-Critical Race Theory Parents

Luke Rosiak, Daily Wire, July 15, 2021

As parents concerned about politicization and standards-lowering in schools gathered in Fairfax County, Virginia, a top PTA and NAACP official led a counter-protest in which she ended a tirade about parents who oppose Critical Race Theory (CRT) with the exhortation, “Let them die!”

Michelle Leete is Vice President of Training at the Virginia state PTA and Vice President of Communications for the Fairfax County PTA. She is also First Vice President of the Fairfax County NAACP and a federal employee.

The counter-protesters listening to Leete’s speech on Thursday — the crowd was overwhelmingly white and appeared to include only one other black person — burst into cheers and applause at the line, according to video by an education activist.

Parents gathered outside the Thursday night school board meeting for an event billed as a “STOP CRT RALLY,” with a flyer saying “While they deny it’s being taught, NEA doubles down. It’s not about race or equity, it’s about a Communist Radical Takeover of America!”

Counter-protesters also showed up. Leete spoke before a circle of them and said:

So let’s meet and remain steadfast in speaking truth, tearing down double standards, and refuting double talk. Let’s not allow any double downing on lies. Let’s prepare our children for a world they deserve. 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-and-let live people. Let them die. (everyone cheers) Don’t let these uncomfortable people deter us from our bold march forward.


If the remarks implied a wish for death to parents who have a different opinion than her, it would appear to apply to a majority of parents. A June poll by Public Opinion Strategies found that nearly three-quarters of Fairfax and neighboring Loudoun County “oppose eliminating advanced math courses” and that significantly more voters opposed critical race theory than supported it.

Though Fairfax has a supermajority of Democratic voters, those results are not surprising since CRT opposes traditional liberal values. “The Critique [sic] of liberalism, [sic] stems from the ideas of color-blindness, the neutrality of the law, incremental change, and equal opportunity for all,” according to an “Intro To Critical Race Theory” by diversity consultant Equity Collaborative, which Loudoun County Public Schools have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Fairfax recently abolished the test used to gain admission into Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology, ranked the top math school in the country, after activists complained there were too many Asians and not enough blacks. The shift from merit to a “merit lottery” resulted in a large decrease in the number of Asians and an increase in the number of whites in the school.

The magnet school’s PTA chapter then held an election for board officers. All of those elected were minorities and most of them opposed doing away with objective criteria and lowering the rigor of the school. A PTA survey showed most parents at the school felt the same way.

Then, the Virginia state PTA intervened and demanded that the principal (who is neither a parent nor a teacher, but who supports the racial policies) be allowed to sit on the PTA’s executive committee.  {snip}