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(The Grio) — A Catholic elementary school principal with ties to a white supremacist publication has been fired, the New York Archdiocese said Tuesday. Frank Borzellieri, who previously served as a high school English teacher, is the author of several books, including 2004’s Don’t Take It Personally: Race, Immigration Crime and Other Heresies, in which he declared diversity a “weakness,” according to the New York Daily News. The New York Archdiocese launched an internal review after a published report detailed Borzellieri’s controversial views on multicultural education, Martin Luther King, Jr. literature and his efforts to remove an openly gay teacher and activist from a Queens public school.
By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
The New York Daily News has learned that a principal with a history of promoting white supremacist views heads a mostly-minority school in the Bronx. Frank Borzellieri, who became the chief of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School two years ago, has written articles and books decrying diversity. He has also used his previous positions in education to promote the idea that American culture is superior, and attack gay teachers.
As a school board member in his Queens neighborhood, he attempted to have a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King banned from school libraries as “un-American,” along with other books promoting cross-cultural knowledge. In his own 2004 book, “Don’t Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies,” Borzellieri makes the argument that the increasing black and Latino population will lead America into a “New Dark Age.”
Does this sound like a man who should be at the helm of a Catholic school comprised of the blacks and Latinos he despises?
The pastor who hired him seems to think that Borzellieri, despite having been a frequent contributor to a white supremacist publication on top of all this, is the perfect fit. In fact, Borzellieri’s hiring manager had this to say to the Daily News:
Mount Carmel pastor, the Rev. Eric Rapaglia, said he knew of Borzellieri’s views, but didn’t “see any cause for concern” when he hired him to run the 200-student elementary school.
“I knew of him from my last parish,” he said. “Do I agree with all of it? No. But I think much of it is valuable and logical and reasonable.
“A lot of his ideas would actually benefit minorities,” he added.
It is hard to ascertain which ideas specifically would be beneficial. Would his desired removal of books about different races and cultures from school libraries help the Latino and black children develop self-knowledge or self-esteem? Or would being reminded that their existence will bring America a “New Dark Age” be the edifying information this pastor is referring to?
It is clear that the Rev. Eric Rapaglia was not fit to make this hiring decision. While archdiocese spokesman Joe Zwilling told the Daily News that this case is being investigated, the hiring of Borzellieri shows how poorly the autocratic system of the Catholic church works. Priests basically have the power to do whatever they want on the local level as long as outwardly parishes seem to conform to the will of the church. This is the same system that allowed young boys to be sexually abused for decades. Now it is enabling racist educators to harm youth in a horrible new way.
Zwilling explained that Borzellieri was hired right before reforms went into effect that curtail the kind of power that allowed his hiring with no dispute in the first place. But it’s too late now for the black and Latino kids he has stewardship over. While the archdiocese takes its own sweet autocratic time reviewing the case, these children of color will have to suffer under the leadership of a man who believes they are inferior.
The children under his care reportedly don’t like Borzellieri, and it is obvious why. Borzellieri may never state his opinions out loud, but anyone can tell if someone hates them through simple interaction — especially sensitive little children.
Elementary school represents a critical time. The black and Latino youth of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School should not have to face these crucial learning years dealing daily with a man who has explicitly stated that he hates them. This failure of the archdiocese to immediately remove Frank Borzellieri given the mountain of evidence damning him is yet another stain on the Catholic church’s reputation for not protecting kids.
File this under: very bizarre news. Seattle reporter Shomari Stone got caught up in a street fight between a black man and a white supremacist while he was reporting the news.
(KansasCity.com) — A man who once proclaimed himself the national director of Aryan Nations is planning to open a nightclub east of Kansas City for the under-21 crowd.
The Black Flag is set to open Friday in the Prime Outlet Mall in Odessa, but Charles Juba, a self-avowed racist and anti-Semite, has extended invitations to high school students in Blue Springs, Independence, Fort Osage, Grain Valley and others.