We suspended or left another teacher because she only gave her opinion on Black Lives Matter on her personal Facebook page. After Tiffany Riley wrote that she disagreed with the BLM, the Mount Ascutney School Board held an emergency meeting to explain that the exercise of freedom of speech was "uniformly appalled," and Superintendent David Baker assured the public that she was concerned "Mutually agreed severance package." The case increases concerns about teachers' freedom of speech on social media or in their private lives. As a civil servant, Riley may request legal relief rather than a severance package as part of the first change.
As we discussed earlier (with a professor in Oregon and a Rutgers professor), there remains an uncertain line about what language is protected for teachers in their private lives. There has also been controversy at the University of California and Boston University, where criticism of such double standards has been voiced even in the face of criminal behavior. There was also an incident at the University of London involving Bahar Mustafa and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Some intolerant statements against students are considered freedom of speech, while others are considered hate speech or the basis for university action. There is a lack of consistency or consistency in these measures, which involve the specific groups affected by out-of-school comments. There is also tolerance towards faculties and students who tear off leaflets and stop conservative speech. In fact, even the faculty that attacked lawyers for life was supported by the faculty and celebrated for its activism.
Recently, we discussed efforts to remove one of the country's most respected economists from its position, as Harald Uhlig, chief editor of the Journal of Political Economy, criticized Black Lives Matter and reports have been made by Professor William A. Jacobson of Cornell Law School There are demands that he be fired for writing a blog about the Black Lives Matter movement.
So what has the school authority horrified uniformly? Riley wrote:
"I don't think people should feel like they have to prefer the black race to the human race. I understand the urgency of feeling compelled to stand up for a black life, but what about our law enforcement colleagues? What about everyone else who works for and demands justice for all? Just because I'm not walking around with a BLM sign doesn't mean I'm a racist. "
She said she actually believes black lives matter, but was motivated to write to object to "the coercive measures taken to reach this point; Some of them are faked to prove a point. “You certainly cannot agree with this view. Indeed, this could be the basis for a substantive discussion on how best to protect black lives and how to deal with police abuse. However, it was declared "deaf" because Riley questioned a recognized or orthodox position.
Just because she shared her view of BLM in her private life, Baker said, "You see no way that she will move forward as director of this building given these comments and this statement." It is clear that the community has lost confidence in its leadership ability. "
What about the belief and tolerance of free speech? There isn't even a hint of concern about people's right to support reforms, but not necessarily about the BLM movement or some of its controversial positions.
As always, I come to these issues from a freedom of speech perspective. I am less concerned about the merit of the position than about the refusal to allow a page to be given without punitive measures. I would take the same position (and would have done so) if the view of BLM were reversed. I don't understand which educators cannot express their views for or against BLM when participating in one of the most important periods of debate in our history. The message to educators is that you mustn't criticize BLM in your private life if you want to keep your job. The board doesn't even have a chance that Riley isn't a racist, and still questions BLM, which has been involved in controversy over academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus. We have never had an organization treated so well that nobody can question it in their private or personal discourse.
Chicago teachers can go to Venezuela to support a dictator who has arrested and murdered many people, including free speech suppression and the free press. They were not punished or declared "deaf". Boards such as the Mount Ascutney School Board are concerned with open content-based regulation of the language of teachers in the private life of teachers. They are welcomed for such measures against freedom of expression because people ignore the effects of such punitive measures.
This is not about BLM. It's about freedom of speech. Of course, the board is not "deaf". The Mount Ascutney School Board has guaranteed that there is no sound at all, at least no votes against its teachers.