A white supremacist serving as principal of a New York City Catholic school where the majority of students are Black and Latino was fired on Tuesday, the New York Daily News reports.
The firing comes after much public outcry over the racially divisive past of Frank Borzellieri, 48, the former principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in the Bronx.
Borzellieri is a frequent contributor to the white supremacist journal American Renaissance and is the author of "Don't Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies," where he calls diversity “a weakness” and asserts that the rising of Blacks and Latinos in America will lead to the “New Dark Age,” according to the Daily News article.
While serving on the Queens school board, Borzellieri also tried to ban a biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and tried to remove a gay teacher and activist from the classroom. A teacher who worked with Borzellieri at another Bronx Catholic school said she alerted the Archdiocese of New York in 2007 that students had complained Borzellieri was using them as "research" for his books, but the teacher never got a response.
The Rev. Eric Rapaglia, pastor at the church, had reportedly been warned by other faculty about Borzellieri’s hate speech, but nothing was done until now. Rapaglia called his hiring of Borzellieri in 2009 a mistake in judgment and apologized to his parishioners.
After meeting with the Archdiocese of New York on Tuesday, the pastor fired Borzellieri after reviewing Borzellieri’s controversial beliefs expressed in his books and columns.
Borzellieri did not provide a comment to the newspaper.
The Daily News first reported the story on Sunday.
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