ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — A public school system in Virginia has apologized for its history of racial segregation and a more recent pattern of discriminating against Black students. The Washington Post reports that the Loudoun County Public Schools addressed its apology on Friday to the county’s Black community in a letter and video.
The county fought a school desegregation order for more than a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it illegal. Michelle Thomas, president of the local NAACP, questioned whether the apology is genuine.
Rob Doolittle, a spokesman for the schools system, said the apology is only one step in the county’s plan to fight systemic racism.