I recently reblogged an excellent piece by Kakistocracy. I hope Porter doesn’t mind if I add a sequel. While Porter focuses on statistics and surveys, I’ll focus on specific tactics and examples of these tactics. Firstly, a recent incident that illustrates how third-worlders, once settled in the US, promote the destruction of our most cherished right.
Changing the demographics of America through mass third-world immigration
A North Miami high school principal was recently removed from his position due to a Facebook post. He had defended the Texas police officer caught on video responding to a group of unruly “teens.” From Fox News:
A Florida high school principal, who defended the Texas police officer at the center of that infamous pool melee, has become the latest victim of radical speech police hell-bent on trying to silence public discourse.
Alberto Iber lost his job as the principal at North Miami Senior High School after he wrote a comment about the McKinney, Texas incident on the Miami Herald’s website.
“He did nothing wrong,” Iber wrote. “He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.”
Three sentences. Sixteen words. Sixty-two characters.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools released a statement on June 10 announcing that Mr. Iber had been removed from his position at the high school and reassigned to an administrative position.
The district said they require their employees to conduct themselves “in a manner that represents the school district’s core values.”…
He did not retract what he wrote nor did he apologize for what he wrote.
Local news organizations suggested the reason Iber’s opinion became newsworthy is because North Miami is a “diverse” neighborhood – meaning most of the residents are black.
“If you’re running a majority black school and you say a remark such as that people will not respect you,” a student told NBC News in Miami.
Councilman Alix Desulme, who identifies himself as a Haitian-American, was among those who condemned the former principal – and said he was “appalled.”
“For him to make such a comment is insensitive to the community,” he told the Miami Herald.
Are the councilman and the superintendent suggesting the principal had an obligation to condemn the Texas police officer? Would the principal still have a job had he done so?
Was Mr. Iber removed from his job because he defended a police officer or was he removed because he defended a white police officer?
While many leftists do, at least in theory, support freedom of speech, the third-world hordes they so gleefully import lack a solid understanding of “freedom of speech.” Their understanding of this concept is typically rudimentary and primitive. Unfortunately, these third-worlders are set to become a majority in America in the near future – and they already hold many positions of power.
The actions of Miami Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho, a Latino, and councilman Alix Desulme, a Haitian, were instrumental in denying Mr. Iber (apparently also Latino) his freedom of expression. This is how things are done in the third world, in places like Latin America and Africa (Haiti being an extension of Africa). Due process is sporadic at best. Constitutional rights exist only on paper – unless you’re wealthy or famous.
Simply ignoring the Constitution, and acting above the Law
Many of us are still accustomed to our First World way of thinking, that if something is illegal or unconstitutional, surely we can successfully combat it. That justice will usually prevail, and that public servants are beholden to the law. But reality was driven home to us in 2011, when we struggled to hold the American Renaissance conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. A certain city councilman, by the name of Patrick Cannon, used his official position to intimidate hotels in order to deny us a venue in that city. Read my email to him here. What he did was a flagrant violation of the First Amendment – and yet there was no outcry from the ACLU or from any government organization. Years later, that same Patrick Cannon, then mayor of Charlotte, was arrested for corruption and sent to jail.
Of course, the previously cited case, where Principle Iber was dismissed from his position, is also a good example of government bureaucrats acting above the law, and with little accountability.
Chipping away at the First Amendment through the courts and backdoor legislation
Powerful forces are chipping away at this precious right through sneaky legislation and novel interpretations of existing law. Thus we find an actual “hate speech” prosecution in Montana:
The prosecutor’s office in Flathead County, Montana (where Kalispell is located) is arguing that speech that exposes Jews — or other religious, racial, and other groups — “to hatred, contempt, ridicule, degradation, or disgrace” is criminally punishable, unless it consists of true factual statements. As the Montana criminal defamation statute is worded, this means that hatred-inducing opinions are criminally punishable, too. Yes, this is that extraordinarily rare thing: an American prosecution for “hate speech” (State v. Lenio). The First Amendment doesn’t allow that.
Selective enforcement of existing law is a similar tactic. When neo-Nazis left fliers at residences, and in mailboxes, authorities sought a way to prosecute them. They chose to use anti-littering laws, and laws against the use of mailboxes for anything but stamped mail, as tools to pursue them:
Peter Roberts found the flyers and their message abhorrent.
“I’m against everything that it says,” Roberts said. “I don’t know how you can keep them from doing it, though. It’s freedom of the press, freedom of speech,” Roberts added, calling the flyers and their bigoted message part of the territory in a “free” country.
CBS4 News reached “Commander” Edward McBride of the white supremacist group at a telephone number with a Delaware prefix.
“We’re just basically trying to wake up the people to the problems that are happening in the country,” McBride said.
Groups such as his are among the problems happening in the country, according to the Anti-Defamation League of Florida.
“They are a small, white supremist group,” said the ADL’s Florida Region Director Hava Holzhauer. Holzhauer said the Oklahoma-based organization was a relatively inactive outfit, but added that bigotry must be exposed and challenged wherever it appears.
“We need to speak out when there’s a message of hate,” Haolzhauer said. “Whether it be through an education program in a school, writing a letter, or responding to a flyer that’s left in somebody’s driveway.”
In November, 2011, the same group apparently papered the same neighborhood with virtually identical flyers. In the previous episode, the papers were left on driveways and front stoops. Miami-Dade police said that because the flyers contained no threats, the most the distributors were guilty of was “littering.” The investigation went nowhere.
This time could be different.
U.S. Postal Service Inspector Bladimir Rojo confirmed to CBS4 News that some of the flyers deposited last week were left in mailboxes. By law, only stamped U.S. mail may be placed in a mailbox. To put anything else in a mailbox is a Federal offense, punishable by fines.
Rojo declined to say how many mailboxes had been violated or how many complaints authorities received. Rojo said the case may yet end up at the United States Attorney’s office and that prosecutors would not want details of the investigation disclosed prematurely.
I’m not a sympathizer with neo-Nazis, but they should enjoy the same freedom of speech that everyone else enjoys. Since their message was unpopular, they were targeted for an “investigation.” Authorities had them in their cross-hairs even before they had figured out what to charge them with. This is not how things should work in a free country. In a free country, it should be fairly obvious that an actual crime was committed before the perpetrator is investigated (with certain exceptions, such as suspicious deaths, of course).
Social media bullying and the loss of one’s job
Like so many societies before us, we live by the “Golden Rule:” He who has the gold makes the rules. Most of us need to work in order to survive. Therefore, any threat to our livelihoods is enough to cow us into compliance with the dictates of political correctness – which are written by those with a lot of money and power.
Wealthy special interest groups have made voicing politically incorrect opinions dangerous to one’s career. These groups (and their sympathizers) have been known to cause non-conformists to lose their jobs. For example, Carlos La Roche tweeted that Oakland “protestors” should be shot with real bullets:
On at least two other occasions, La Roche tweeted similar disdain for violent demonstrators in Oakland. Earlier this month, he directed a message to Oakland police asking if it could “be open season on the protesters.” Last November, he suggested that members of the embattled Ferguson, Missouri police department be recruited to “put down those animals in Oakland seeing as OPD seems to be taking the week off.”
But it was his tweet on Saturday that prompted an outcry from activists. Many flooded the station’s Twitter and Facebook pages with criticism; others encouraged followers to call the station’s newsroom hotline to express their contempt for La Roche’s tweets…
KGO-TV released a statement via a series of tweets on Sunday saying La Roche, whom they did not identify by name, had been fired for publishing “inappropriate tweets from his personal account that in no way reflect the views of” the station.
Then there’s the case of Karen Fitzgibbons:
A teacher at an elementary school near Lubbock has been fired after writing she was “almost to the point” of supporting racial segregation following a controversial police incident in McKinney.
Frenship Independent School District officials fired Karen Fitzgibbons, a fourth-grade teacher at Bennett Elementary School in Wolfforth, for making the controversial post, the district announced in a statement Thursday.
In the since-deleted post, Fitzgibbons decried the Tuesday resignation of McKinney Police Cpl. David Eric Casebolt, shown on video pointing his gun at two unarmed black teenagers and pinning a 15-year-old black girl clad in a swimsuit to the ground outside of a neighborhood pool in McKinney.
“I’m just going to just go ahead and say it…the blacks are the ones causing the problems and this ‘racial tension,'” Fitzgibbons wrote in the Facebook post. “I guess that’s what happens when you flunk out of school and have no education. I’m sure their parents are just as guilty for not knowing what their kids were doing; or knew and didn’t care.”
The elementary school teacher continued, “I’m almost to the point of wanting them all segregated on one side of town so they can hurt each other and leave the innocent people alone. Maybe the 50s and 60s were really on to [sic] something. Now, let the bashing of my true and honest opinion begin…
The case of Justine Saccos practically defines cyber bullying:
One of the most infamous examples of this is 30-year-old Justine Saccos’ tweets she made during her journey from New York to South Africa. She was the senior director of corporate communications at IAC. During her layover at Heathrow Airport, she tweeted: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” She had only 170 Twitter followers at the time. During her 11-hour flight, Justine’s tweet went viral. By the time she landed she became the No. 1 worldwide trend on Twitter. The twitter-sphere became her judge, jury, and executioner:
“In light of @Justine-Sacco disgusting racist tweet, I’m donating to @care today”
“How did @JustineSacco get a PR job?! Her level of racist ignorance belongs on Fox News. #AIDS can affect anyone!”
“I’m an IAC employee and I don’t want @JustineSacco doing any communications on our behalf ever again. Ever.”
“All I want for Christmas is to see @JustineSacco’s face when her plane lands and she checks her inbox/voicemail”
“Oh man, @JustineSacco is going to have the most painful phone-turning-on moment ever when her plane lands”
“We are about to watch this @JustineSacco bitch get fired. In REAL time. Before she even KNOWS she’s getting fired.”
Her employer, IAC, the corporate owner of The Daily Beast, OKCupid and Vimeo tweeted: “This is an outrageous, offensive comment. Employee in question currently unreachable on an intl flight.” A Twitter user summed up the inescapable truth: “Sorry @JustineSacco, your tweet lives on forever.”
Justine was fired from her dream job and and in recent interview said she is still battling the backlash of her public shaming that occurred two years ago. A google search of Justine’s name will return thousands of articles about her. Her tweet will indeed live on forever.
Powerful special interest groups don’t even need to be directly involved in order to ruin somebody’s life; the lies and misconceptions they spread have taken on a life of their own – and the gullible sheeple do the dirty work for them.
Personally, I believe that private employers should be allowed to hire, or fire, anybody they please, and for any reason. But what if the private employer is subject to pressure, and threats, from forces much more powerful than themselves? In such a situation, the firing might be a result of coercion. What if the employer is left-leaning to begin with, such as KGO-TV? Government employers, such as schools, should never be allowed to dismiss an employee due to his political views. But sometimes the line between a private, and public, employer is fuzzy. This is a complex subject, worthy of a separate post.
What can we do to protect our First Amendment rights?
In theory there’s the option of a lawsuit, but not everybody has the resources for a lawsuit. As for petitions, they don’t garner enough signatures when the victim is a white advocate; most people are ignorant, and many of those who know better fear becoming victims themselves if their name turns up in support of such a pariah.
Since we don’t have the tools to take over the system, the best we can do right now is try to educate as many people as possible. It’s not difficult to explain the real meaning of freedom of speech, and even some third-worlders will embrace the concept once they learn what it means.
It would be nice if we could find some sort of common ground with the Left. Sometimes even leftists get in trouble for their views. A Muslim might get fired from his job for supporting Jihad by quoting verses from the Quran. An environmentalist might get canned for criticizing his employer’s use of GMO’s or toxic waste.
A law protecting employees from termination based on political/controversial views might help protect our freedom of speech – albeit at a cost to employer rights.