Doesn’t exist at Facebook or Instagram.
Blacklists are back and Facebook’s got ’em: When Gordana Schifanelli, a mother in a Maryland school district who is also an immigrant from communist Yugoslavia, created webpages criticizing the pro-Black Lives Matter indoctrination being introduced in the schools by school superintendent Andrea M. Kane, both Facebook and Instagram moved quickly to censor her, while others attempted to destroy her career.
The response from Big Tech and leftists in her community would have made Tito proud, Mrs. Schifanelli said referring to Josip Broz, the late dictator of Yugoslavia.
First they shut down her personal Facebook page.
“So I said, ‘OK, I’ll create my own,” she said. Facebook and Instagram shut down the “Kent Island Patriots” and “Maryland Eastern Shore Patriots” pages, too. When her 17-year-old son tried to start a Facebook page, he was blocked, she said.
The people seeking to censor Mrs. Schifanelli’s opposition to left-wing politics, many of whom did not have children in the public school system, attacked her as a racist. They leveled their accusations with the Maryland Bar Association and at the U.S. Naval Academy, where she teaches economics and law twice a week.
Another target of theirs did lose his job, and he is a plaintiff in a separate lawsuit.
Unlike many of the other stories I have chronicled in this daily column, this one has ended with what looks like a total victory for Mrs. Schifanelli.
Instead of losing her job, she recruited others to run for the school board either to get superintendent Kane to end the racist indoctrination in the schools or to get rid of Kane.
With social media outfits blacking her out, they were reduced to sending thousands of postcards and ran as write-ins. They both won handily, while Dick Smith, an incumbent school board member also skeptical of Ms. Kane’s program, cruised to reelection, giving the reformers a majority on the five-person board.
By that time, tensions had mounted. Ms. Kane disappeared beginning in late October, later claiming illness, and Mrs. Schifanelli said her efforts to uncover racist teaching or incidents in the schools turned up nothing. “As of today, I have not received one piece of paper, one shred of evidence that anyone has been racist in our public schools,” she told The Washington Times.
Neither the new board nor Ms. Kane expressed any desire to continue their relationship, and in January the board began looking for a new superintendent. That person is expected to take over before the next school year begins, Mrs. Schifanelli said.
Schifanelli is also suing Mary Ella Jourdak, the woman who sent false information to the U.S. Naval Academy in an effort to get her fired. She also has no interest in settling the case out of court, since her goal isn’t to win money but to shine a light on that person’s effort to slander her.
The point of this story is that it is still possible to defeat these petty dictators. It just requires courage, determination, and an unwillingness to bow in fear. You must stand tall and fight back aggressively, as Schifanelli did. If you do, you will win, because the ideas being pushed by these bullies are so odious they can’t win in a free and open debate, which is why they routinely try to silence and blackball their opponents.
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