They’re coming for you next: Two different educators in New York City, one Jewish and the other a Dominican-American who calls herself Afro-Latina, have been fired for refusing to do the Black Panther salute popularized by the Disney sci-fi 2018 movie, Black Panther.
The latter, Rafaela Espinal, was fired as head of the Community School District 12 in the Bronx and forced to take a demotion in order to save her retirement and health benefits. Not only did she refuse to do this salute because she believed it created a racial divide, she found the policies of New York’s Department of Education (DOE) particularly offensive and bigoted, as described in her $40 million lawsuit filed against New York’s DOE.
Fellow DOE administrators also allegedly told Espinal she wasn’t “Black enough” and she should “just learn to be quiet and look pretty,” she claims in the $40 million suit.
Espinal, 50, claims racial fissures began to emerge in superintendent meetings in the fall of 2017, when some Black administrators would meet separately after the larger group’s monthly gatherings. Soon, only the birthdays of Black superintendents were recognized at official meetings, she claims.
The other educator, Karen Ames (who is also suing the DOE), experienced equally bigoted treatment before she was fired.
Ames was grilled about her “ethnic background,” chastised by a colleague at a training session when she shared her grandparents’ experience during the Holocaust in Poland, and “admonished” when she declined requests at superintendents meetings to take part in the comic book movie-inspired “Wakanda Forever” salute to “black power,” she charges in the legal filing.
…At an implicit-bias workshop where superintendents were asked to tell their personal stories, Ames talked about her grandparents’ loss of two children during the Holocaust — only to have colleague Rasheda Amon tell her, “you better check yourself,” the lawsuit alleges. “That is not about being Jewish! It’s about black and brown boys of color only,” court papers quote Amon as scolding.
Consider: She offended these so-called warriors against bigotry because she cited the worst example of racial bigotry and genocide in the past century, merely because it was about Jews being killed, not “black and brown boys.”
In both cases, their superiors were demanding that these individuals make a public endorsement of a particular political position that both personally opposed. When they refused they were punished. Such actions are more than despicable, they fly in the face of everything freedom of speech and liberty of conscience stands for. They should not have been fired, they should have been promoted to positions of leadership.
But then, this is exactly the policy New Yorkers have been voting for for generations. The bigots who have taken full control of the modern corrupt Democratic Party in the past two decades now run the government of New York City, and they are quite willing to use their power to blackball and destroy anyone who opposes them.
Worse, I fully expect the New York City electorate to heartily endorse these actions in future elections, as it has for decades. The signs of this evil have been plain since the 1970s, and New Yorkers have routinely looked the other way. They are about to reap the whirlwind.