The Virginia PTA confirmed the resignation of Michelle Leete on Saturday, stating in part, “While not speaking in her role within Virginia PTA, we do not condone the choice of words used during a public event on Thursday, July 15, 2021.”
Leete is a left-wing activist NAACP leader who was also a member of the Virginia PTA Board of Directors. At an event held at a Virginia Middle School in the Fairfax County Public School System, Leete went off an a rant, claiming that those who oppose CRT in schools are:
“anti-education, anti-teacher, anti-equity, anti-history, anti-racial reckoning, anti-opportunity, anti-help people, anti-diversity, anti-platform, anti-science, anti-change agent, anti-social justice, anti-health care (mentioned twice), anti-worker (mentioned twice), anti-LGBTQ+, anti-children, anti-environment, anti-admissions policy change, anti-inclusion, anti-live and let live people.”
Leete then paused to allow the cheering crowd time to clap, then added, “let them die,” to which the crowd reacted with an enthusiastic round of applause.
According to the Washington Post, a copy of Leete’s speech (which they received afterwards) read that controversial line as, “Let them (ideals) die.” Leete maintains that she was referring to the “ideals” of her opponents rather than the opponents themselves. In an email to the Washington Post on Friday she wrote, ““I will certainly admit, it was ineloquently stated and with a pause for the applause, the timing was off.”
Whatever her intentions actually were, the statement has generated a lot of criticism. The Virginia GOP posted a tweet on Thursday, reacting to the comments:
The Fairfax NAACP has thus far not responded to requests for comment nor have they responded via tweet.