Joe DiFilippo, a California middle school vice principal, should be fired. He has no business in education after he was recorded on video telling his students: “I just don’t like the black kids.”
DiFilippo has been suspended and ordered to take paid administrative leave from Scandinavian Middle School in Fresno pending an investigation.
But what’s to investigate? DiFilippo has made his feelings about African-American students quite clear and his callous remarks were captured on video.
“If he (DiFilippo) said it, he needs to be fired,” Ann Frank, who has a child at Scandinavian Middle School, told the Fresno Bee. DiFilippo, who earns $87,449.44 per year in salary and benefits, has worked at Scandinavian Middle School for five years. The school is 11 percent black.
DiFilippo is not just a teacher – he’s a vice principal in a leadership position and helps set the standard for educating students of all races and ethnic backgrounds. That’s why DiFilippo needs to go.
The controversy started after DiFilippo was filmed outside the school’s cafeteria and a student says: “Mr. DiFilippo, who at this school do you not like?”
“Me,” says one voice, while another says, “All of us.”
And that’s when DiFilippo says, “I just don’t like the black kids.”
Parents are angry, outraged and concerned – all for legitimate reasons. While some may brush off DiFilippo’s comments as a joke, I would argue that in California, which leads the nation with racial hate groups, (77) teachers should focus more on racial tolerance and cultural understanding because young black and white students need guidance in a growing multicultural society.
Is Racism A Joke? Principal Caught On Camera Should Be Fired was originally published on blackamericaweb.com