Target: Ruth Quinto, Deputy Superintendent of The Fresno Unified School District
Goal: Fire vice principal for allegedly making racist remarks about black students.
The vice principal of the Scandinavian Middle School in Fresno, California was allegedly recently caught on video making racist remarks towards students. The man, one Joseph DiFilippo, has worked at the school for five years and is currently being investigated by the school for misconduct but that is not enough. It is completely unacceptable for someone in a position of power, especially one related to education, to act this way. This man must be dismissed from his position immediately.
The actual phrase that the vice principal reportedly used, when asked by a group of students who he didn’t like, was, “I just don’t like the black kids.” Now, many people are saying that this was simply a joke, and that may be true, but it was one made in extremely poor taste that speaks to a bigger problem. Incidents like this are occurring all the more frequently it seems. Some person makes a joke, or tries to be funny, and in the course of doing so they betray their true feelings. To make a joke like this, or to tell racist jokes in general, implies that on some level you agree with the stereotypes they represent.
The rise of cell phone cameras has given us a painfully real picture of what the United States looks like over the course of the last year. People are telling racist jokes, police officers are murdering innocent and unarmed minorities, and everyone is shocked. The nation is as racially divided as it ever was and something must be done. This man must be made an example of. He must be dismissed from his position before he has a chance to spread any of his racist sentiments to young, impressionable minds.
Dear Deputy Superintendent Quinto,
A video surfaced recently that allegedly depicts one of your school administrators making racist comments about black students. I understand that many people are claiming that this was simply a joke, but we can agree that if true, it was made in extremely poor taste. Beyond that, jokes like this speak to a bigger issue. The act of telling racist jokes to get a laugh means that on some level the teller agrees with the hurtful stereotypes they represent. For this reason, I am demanding that Vice Principal Joseph DiFilippo be summarily dismissed from his position before he can spread any of his hurtful sentiments to impressionable young minds.
This man must be made an example of. It has become all too common to see police and people in power being blatantly racist with no repercussions and it has spread a terrible example. Please make the right decision and remove this terribly unfunny man.
[Your Name Here]
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