imagesThis is North Miami Senior High School in Miami, FL.

This is the former principal of North Miami Senior High School, Alberto Iber. Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 5.21.43 PM

This is a Google Maps image of the distance between McKinney, TX and Miami, FL. It is more than a 19-hour drive.

What do Alberto Iber, North Miami Senior High School and McKinney, TX have to do with each other? To rational Americans of good will, nothing at all. To the inherently racist proponents of social justice, everything. Todd Starnes of Fox News reports:  

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.

Wait a minute. He wrote a comment on the Miami Herald’s website? He didn’t do it on a school website? He didn’t represent what must have been his outrageous and horrible comment as his opinion in his official position as a school principal? He didn’t claim it to be his school district’s policy? Perhaps we ought to see what he actually said:

He did nothing wrong,’ Iber wrote. ‘He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.

Well, obviously he must have been fired! How could any rational person not be offended by that? How could any reasonable person think that Iber could possibly serve as an educator after a racist, sexist, non-diverse, triggering, microaggressive statement like that?

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.

Alberto Carvhalo

Alberto Carvalho

Judgment is the currency of honesty,’ Superintendent Alberto Carvalho wrote in a statement.

Uh, right… what does that mean, exactly? Is that like “decision making is the lymphatic fluid of sincerity,” or “kindness is the medium of exchange of stolidness?” Is Carvalho suggesting that Iber used poor judgment, which somehow makes him dishonest? Does someone that eats one Dilly Bar too many become a liar thereby? To be fair that is exactly the kind of obtuse rhetoric I too often see administrators in education making as though it were some sort of profundity. It reminds me of a police supervisor who once told me: “we’re aware of what we think we see,” and he was, too.

Insensitivity – intentional or perceived – is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies, but more importantly with our expectation of common sense behavior that elevates the dignity and humanity of all, beginning with children.

Oh, of course! Expressing the wrong opinion is insensitive! Carvalho is punishing Iber not just because he disagrees with his opinion about an issue having nothing to do with education, the school district, or anything happening in Florida, not just because he disagrees with Iber’s right to express an opinion, but because he has to do it for the children! It’s only common sense to punish speech with which one doesn’t agree because to allow it would de-elevate the dignity and humanity of everyone, particularly the children. Besides, his school district actually has policies in opposition to the First Amendment! How progressive is that?

And what did this dangerous, anti-Progressive, insensitive, thought criminal have to say about this?

I support law enforcement, and also the community and students that I serve as the proud principal of North Miami Senior High,’ he wrote.

‘The comment I posted was simply made as the result of a short video that I watched and my personal opinion.’

He also said it was not his intention to upset people – and he regretted that his three-sentence message had become newsworthy.

He did not retract what he wrote nor did he apologize for what he wrote.

Well there you go! He didn’t grovel, abjectly apologize to people who would never accept such an apology anyway, or in any other way debase himself. No wonder Carvalho had to punish him.

And then there is this:

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.

“Insensitive to the community.” So this would be a “community” that rejects the First Amendment, that rejects the right of white police officers to defend their lives, rejects white police officers who commit no crimes, and rejects anyone that says anything with which they might disagree, or with which “community leaders” say they ought to disagree? Starnes adds:

Was Mr. Iber removed from his job because he defended a police officer or was he removed because he defended a white police officer?

The school district told me the superintendent would have no further comments on the matter. And his silence is damning.

Superintendent Carvahlo sent a very chilling message to his employees – any opinion that is contrary to liberal ideology must be silenced. And those who dare to voice such an opinion in the public marketplace must be severely punished.

One wonders if Iber would have been fired if he expressed a similar opinion about a black police officer? I suspect he would, for progressives have a universal hatred of the police regardless of race. That’s one area of their ideology where they are relatively colorblind.

While Carvahlo is apparently not expressing an opinion about the thugs that caused the police to respond to that pool party, nor about the black residents of that area who made clear that there was no racism on the part of the police, he is, at the very least, implying support for black thugs who crashed a party, destroyed property, committed assault, disobeyed the lawful orders of the police, resisted arrest, and aggressively rushed at a police officer making an arrest.

Starnes concludes:

While we may never know for sure if race was the motivating factor – it appears a good and decent educator was felled simply because he defended a white man.

Race need not be the motivating factor. Progressivism is, and a form of progressivism that is inherently racist. Iber said nothing any sane person could interpret as racist, but because his comments did not support a social justice narrative, he had to be punished. Carvalho implies that black people are so irrational and racist that they must automatically become enraged, even violent, if anyone expresses an opinion with which they might disagree.  Apparently all black people in Florida must hold the opinion that all police officers are racist and in any controversy involving a black person, must be wrong, racist and abusive.  This is inherently un-American. It is dishonest, cruel and blindingly stupid. While cloaking himself in concern for children and honesty and common sense, Carvahlo unmistakably reveals himself to be a soulless political hack whose concern is only for the purity of his warped ideology and self-preservation.  This is not surprising.  Carvahlo is the superintendent of the fourth largest school district in America, in other words, he is even more of a politician than most school superintendents.  One doesn’t get a job like his without being a reliable progressive and political hatchet man.

Iber likely has an excellent case for a lawsuit against Carvahalo, but would he really want to continue to work for such a poor excuse for a human being? Even if he won his old job back, people like Carvalho are not forgiving, and would be waiting for the opportunity to pounce on Iber.  Actually, people like him don’t need to wait; they manufacture such opportunities out of thin air.  Perhaps Iber has worked long enough to retire. Perhaps he can find another school district that actually honors the First Amendment for every American, not just those of the right race.

This raises one more important question: what kind of education are children in Carvalho’s school district getting?  Certainly not one steeped in American values of genuine tolerance and respect for the rule of law.  Certainly not one where people are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Honest, honorable Americans can disagree on the actions of Officer Caseholt, or those of any police officer, but there can be no disagreement on those that would wish him or his family, or any police officer dead, and on those that would stir up racial strife and hatred for any reason. Nor should such people have anything to do with teaching children.

As for the First Amendment, those that would ignore it are dangerous fools.

My first article on the McKinney incident and its fallout is available here.