Note that the decision was not triggered by any acts of racism or discrimination on Borzellieri's part; in fact, Borzellieri had withdrawn from public racial activism, accumulated an exemplary record as an educator, and he never spoke about racial matters with students or faculty.
The Archdiocese's action were triggered solely by a hit piece published by Corinne Lestch, a New York Daily News reporter bent on character assassination. In her July 30th piece entitled "White supremacist principal running Bronx school with majority black and Latino students", she took issue with Borzellieri's past racial activism, noting his previous writings where he declares diversity to be a weakness and claiming that the rising Black and Hispanic populations in America will lead to a "New Dark Age." Lestch also claims that Borzellieri still maintains intimate ties with American Renaissance, falsely labeled a white supremacist publication. Lestch questioned why the school would hire someone with that record as a principal, considering that most of the students are non-White.
Note that the Daily News scrupulously omitted any mention about the academic performance or the behavior of the students at the school while Borzellieri was principal. Why did the Daily News omit this information?
Initially, Mount Carmel pastor Rev. Eric Rapaglia, who hired Borzellieri as principal in 2009, said he knew of Borzellieri's views, but didn't see any cause for concern when he hired him to run the 200-student elementary school, but while he did not share much of Borzellieri's philosophy, he did think much of it to be valuable, logical, and reasonable, and added that a lot of Borzellieri's ideas would actually benefit minorities.
But then the feeding frenzy started. Numerous media outlets picked up the story; nearly all of them reflexively and prominently labeled Frank Borzellieri to be a "white supremacist" without any supplemental research. Local residents began to buckle under the pressure; an unscientific poll conducted by the Daily News indicated that 76 percent of respondents thought that Borzellieri should be fired. On Sunday July 31st, one loonie, Juan Varela, came in from Queens to attend the 10 A.M. Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, then stood up, walked to the altar, faced parishioners and began railing against Borzellieri. He was forcibly evicted by ushers, arrested by police two blocks away, and charged with criminal possession of a weapon - a knife - and disorderly conduct.
Finally, on August 2nd, unable to withstand the political pressure further, Rev. Eric Rapaglia fired Borzellieri after "consulting" with authorities in the Archdiocese of New York. That "consulting" was undoubtedly "one-way". But despite Rapaglia's action, New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) is also calling for Rapaglia to be dismissed as well.
The Daily News records that a number of prominent people celebrated Borzellieri's firing, but he had some supporters. A neighbor in Borzellier's Queens apartment building said he was well-regarded. "He's a very nice guy," the neighbor said. "He's friendly with everyone in the building. Everyone's shocked." There's also considerable support for Borzellieri expressed in the comments to both Daily News stories previously linked.
White nationalists are more than shocked; they're expressing outrage on American Renaissance, Stormfront and the Vanguard News Network Forum. The Council of Conservative Citizens also condemmed the targeting of Borzellieri. James Edwards of The Political Cesspool wrote "Frank Borzellieri is my friend. I’ve interviewed him on my radio program. I’ve broken bread with the man. He’s as rock solid as they come and is someone that you’d be lucky to know. Frank is a paleoconservative, however, and as such, is now a victim of economic terrorism. The media targeted Frank in a story a few days ago because of his very rational and traditional viewpoints, and as a result, cost him his job as a school principal".
What James Edwards points out is that one no longer has to be an actual White nationalist to be accused of white supremacy; it is sufficient merely to be a paleoconservative.
American Renaissance editor Jared Taylor authored an editorial response entitled "Cowards In The Archdiocese". Rebutting the SPLC lie, he noted that the last time Borzellieri spoke to an AR event was in 2002, and he has not written for them since a piece five years ago about the soccer World Cup. But here's the money shot:
There was no incident or even allegation that prompted last Sunday’s Daily News article. Mr. Borzellieri’s extensive record could not be more public. A reporter simply hashed over Mr. Borzellieri’s years-old writings and associations. This prompted bloggers to rave about his “hate filled belief system” and to claim that “Frank Borzellieri doesn’t like anyone who isn’t white.” Television and radio reporters piled on, besieging diocese headquarters and Mr. Borzellieri’s home. Everyone wants to join the pack when a “racist” has been flushed.
The diocese did not even wait 48 hours to fire Mr. Borzellieri. His record and his stack of outstanding recommendations from three schools counted for nothing in the face of baseless charges of “white supremacy.” The Archdiocese of New York mumbled something about Mr. Borzellieri’s views being “found to be incompatible with the philosophy and practices” of the school, and gave him the boot. This contemptible behavior harks back to when the church used to hunt for witches and burned heretics at the stake.
Taylor also notes that because Frank Borzellieri went back to graduate school and received two master's degrees, he has heavy student debt. And now, he has no job. He would be deeply grateful to anyone who can send a check to:
Maspeth, NY 11378