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Ousted Bronx Principal Asks Racists to Support his Libel Suit

By Heidi Beirich on March 9, 2012 - 8:18 am, Posted in Academic Racism, Anti-Immigrant

Frank Borzellieri is making a “desperate appeal” to supporters of the academic racist group American Renaissance to back his legal defense fund. Borzellieri was fired last August from his post as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in the Bronx after his connection to American Renaissance and his racist views were made public by the New York Daily News. His opinions were deemed “incompatible” with Catholic teachings by the Archdiocese of New York.

In 2004, Borzellieri wrote a book, Don’t Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies, in which he declared “diversity is a weakness” and claimed that rising black and Latino populations in America will lead to a “New Dark Age.” He had spoken at American Renaissance conferences and been published in its newsletter, which argues that blacks and Latinos are inferior to whites.

While serving as principal for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which teaches kindergarten through eighth grade, Borzellieri reportedly pushed to ban a biography on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., remove an openly gay teacher and gay-rights activist from the classroom at Public School 199 in Sunnyside and bar school employees from making any references to homosexuality. He also introduced a resolution calling for students to be taught that U.S. culture is superior.

Now he’s fighting back. Claiming the newspaper “published the most dishonest and insidious hatchet job on me,” the former principal is looking for American Renaissance readers to financially support a libel suit against the New York Daily News and what he calls “the disgusting left-wing reporter,” Corrine Lestch, who wrote the article.

It’s unclear what Borzellieri can sue for. The paper’s article was headlined “White Supremacist Principal Running Bronx School with Majority Black and Latino Students.” It laid out Borzellieri’s racist views and connections to American Renaissance, which is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Borzellieri’s basic grievance seems to be that the reporter left out the fact that he had never had a complaint made against him on “racial grounds.” He also claims the Archdiocese “had already approved of my writings.”

What his letter definitively establishes is that Borzellieri’s views are racist, the point the New York Daily News made. In it, he claims that his lawsuit will “strike back at those who would destroy our careers for speaking the truth about race” and will fight “the bestial forces of political correctness when it comes to race.” He also laments that the late Sam Francis, who was the principal ideologue at the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, was let go in the 1990s from The Washington Times for racist commentary and a provocative speech he gave to American Renaissance.

So, what we have here is someone openly racist writing to racists to ask for money to fund a libel suit against a paper that described his views as what he claims them to be: racist. How absurd.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Ann,

    Care to provide me with proof? Because I’ve got quite a few Israeli friends who have mixed marriages, and they might disagree with you…

  • Ann in Ohio

    Aron,

    Inter-racial marriage is illegal in Israel. If an Arab boy just asks a Jewish girl out on just a date, he will get arrested , beaten and tortured. There are black people living in Israel from Africa. They’re migrants or workers. They are mistreated. They can’t ask out Jewish girls. Israel is right next to the African continent. There are many millions of black Africans who would like to Israel, but they’re not allowed.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I don’t know who posted comments under my name Concerned Citizen on Fri. Mar. 9th, 2012. I take no credit for the comments, since I was unable to get to a computer and being out of work because of a illness.
    I would like the individual to ID himself or herself and not use my chosen name. I have yet to decide any opinions on this subject at this point.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Why do so few American Jews support these causes (and this is clearly reflected by the stance of the leading Jewish organizations like AIPAC) when they lend their support to the “diversity is our greatest strength” mantra here in the U.S.?”

    Where is your proof on this? Did you do some surveys of US Jews?

    “Would you support a “Christian America” that somehow advertised itself as awarding full citizenship to non-Christians?”

    This would be against America’s founding documents, so you can blame the founding fathers if you wanted a Christian nation.

  • Neil

    Aron,

    Do you see Israel as a “Jewish state” or as a secular state which provides the same preferences to all of its citizens, regardless? Should a Jew from New Jersey be able to obtain instant citizenship in Israel while an Israeli Palestinian’s marriage to a Muslim from the West Bank isn’t honored by the granting of both partners citizenship?

    Why do so few American Jews support these causes (and this is clearly reflected by the stance of the leading Jewish organizations like AIPAC) when they lend their support to the “diversity is our greatest strength” mantra here in the U.S.?

    Why do you generalize about Arab states surrounding Israel when you indicate you’re the type of person who doesn’t believe in other types of generalizations?

    Why, if not simply because of your ethnicity, do you “have a great deal of love for the State of Israel . . .”?

    Israel is not an apartheid state? Why are so many liberals beginning to disagree with you?

    Would you support a “Christian America” that somehow advertised itself as awarding full citizenship to non-Christians?

    The idea that diversity brings only strengths and no set of its own problems does seem somewhat myopic to me (for expressing this, if even obliquely, you accuse me of supporting an odious organization like Stormfront). Having said that, I do support full equality for all U.S. citizens (and so no Christian America but also no Jewish Israel) within a country; that’s probably more than you and Heidi can stomach to support within the land with which you have “a great deal of love.”

  • Reynardine

    And to further Ruslan’s example, let us not forget the odious Pamela Geller and Debbie Scheisskopf.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Neil,

    Yes, I am former neoconservative. And no, I don’t critics of Israel anti-semites. I too have a great deal of issues with the current leadership in Israel.

    But your post reeked of Stormfront-esque rhetoric. Israel is not an apartheid state. Arabs and other non-Jews are awarded full citizenship, just as any Jew would be. There is a significant Arab bloc in the Knesset.

    I have a great deal of love for the State of Israel, and support its right to exist. That being said, do I support the settlements? Not even slightly. Do I support the increasingly power ultra-Orthodox bloc in the government? No way. Do I support a Palestinian state? Absolutely.

    Do I think ANY of the other Arab states would afford citizenship benefits to Jews? Highly unlikely.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Should Israel be a Jewish state, or should it be a state which gives first class citizenship to all of its citizens–Jews, Muslims, Christians, etc.”

    Israel should be a state which gives equal treatment to all groups. There are plenty of Jews both inside and outside of Israel who support this. In fact there are many who believe this is the case in Israel already, if only because they may not have seen for themselves.

    “Perhaps I shouldn’t be suspicious, but I’ve come across those for whom diversity is for others but not for their own group. For these people, diversity’s real agenda, then, is to divide and balkanize others while one’s own group remains united and cohesive.”

    So you’re saying all Jews push for “diversity”(explain how this works, exactly)? That’s interesting because one can find plenty of xenophobic, conservative, and racist people of Jewish descent right in the US. Off the top of my head I can name David Horowitz, Murray Rothbard, and of course, Michael Savage. Pity you can’t get along with them.

  • ruben

    if it looks like a duck,walks like a duck and quacks like a duck….it ain’t a duck!…..its the phony known as shadow wolf!

  • ruben

    to the phony person known as wolf….lol!…hypocrite on steroids.

  • Neil

    I would have thought my writing “Frank Borzellieri–uggghhhh” would have indicated to you that I despise the Stormfront crowd.

    But I wonder if you tend to view all critics of Israel as Stormfront-type people?

  • Neil

    Hey Aron,

    Weren’t you the guy who described himself as a former neocon?

    So tell me, what do you think about Israel being a non-Jewish state–a state which allows for all of its citizens to be first-class citizens?

  • Shadow Wolf

    ruben: “how do you define hypocrite?…..shadow wolf?!……poster boy for definition!!”

    Crybaby ruben, I doubt you even know the definition of hypocrisy is. Since your feeble mind is so narrow, that even a flea could fall off. I think someone else quoted that as a form of “selective density”. Same as yours.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Hey Neil,

    Last time I checked, Israel was not within the SPLC’s purview. Also, good luck trying to push that ‘Balkanization’ nonsense. You might find a more amenable audience at Stormfront.

    Buh-bye, now!

  • Neil

    Frank Borzellieri–uggghhhh.

    But as long as Beirich is indicating her firm commitment to the idea that diversity is strength, would she mind telling all of us what she thinks about diversity in Israel? (And, no, I’m not referring to diversity among Jews.)

    Should Israel be a Jewish state, or should it be a state which gives first class citizenship to all of its citizens–Jews, Muslims, Christians, etc.

    Perhaps I shouldn’t be suspicious, but I’ve come across those for whom diversity is for others but not for their own group. For these people, diversity’s real agenda, then, is to divide and balkanize others while one’s own group remains united and cohesive.

  • Philip Greene

    reply to: Jason Smith said,

    on March 9th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Who are some of our strongest trading partners? Japan? China? Korea? These are not countries that celebrate diversity. They are for the most part mono-racial. Yet they are strong economically. They produced advanced technology. White Liberals in the West are infected with a mental disease that is crazy.

    This is the very same argument used by southern plantation owners in defense of slavery: if we don’t have slaves, it will ruin our economy. In other words, my desire to be rich trumps your right to be free.

    That may be all well and fine to you if you are the rich plantation owner, but I wonder if you would feel quite the same if you were the slave?

    You say liberals are “infected with a mental disease that is crazy.” Mr. Smith, I contend that you are infected with a greed insanity that causes you to think that everything, including a person’s freedom, has a price on it and should be sacrificed to the notion that economy (rather “profit”) is the only thing that is of any importance.

    That insanity you speak of in we liberals includes the belief that there are some things for which a price cannot be fixed and, more importantly, that there are certain things — like liberty, the notion that all humans are, indeed created as equals, human dignity, and equal protection under law, among others — are far beyond any any monetary value and, frankly, takes absolute precedence over your lust for money.

    If that be insanity, then gladly I accept the “infection” as you call it — and wish more of it.

  • John

    I am just guessing that Mr. Borzellieri is going to rake in a few tens of thousands of dollars in donations. Then he’ll retain an attorney to file a suit. It’ll get tossed out of court. But what happens to the leftover donation money once the case is quickly tossed, after Mr. Borzellieri spends far less on legal fees than he took in? Exactly…

    I love it when wingnuts steal from each other.

  • ruben

    how do you define hypocrite?….shadow wolf!!…..poster boy for definition!!

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    ‘I’m not a racist! And to corroborate that fact, here are several published racists willing to testify on that behalf.’

    In other words, 1 + 1 = a monkey holding a balloon.

    A good Jesuit education, he doesn’t seem to have.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Jason, your statement has already been put forward and already been answered. Maybe you should keep up with your reading.

    And by the way, do tell us again, with citations and sources, how the Holocaust was invented in 1991 to cover for the Soviet Union’s history after the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. We’re all waiting for your proof of that fascinating theory.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Bravo to the New York Daily News for getting this information out there. I can remember learning that a High School teacher in San Fernando Valley was just as racist at home. I learned this firsthand and it disturbed me to my core that he was teaching an area with lots of Black and Latino students.

    America is a great melting pot and to suggest that intelligence is based on and one particular race is in itself the most blatant display of ignorance.

    Intelligent Americans come in all sorts of colors and I believe we’ve had enough of the foolishness myopic thinking knuckleheads have been pushing on the American Public.

  • Wes

    “Jason Smith”:

    Who are some of our strongest trading partners?

    It would also include Canada (our #1 trade partner), Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Taiwan…

    Your hypothesis doesn’t seem to hold.

  • Shadow Wolf

    He’s a white supremacist alright. Especially if the racist principle of the Catholic church, is trying to appeal to his racist band of blatant readers. Hence the adage:

    “If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, then it must be a duck.”

    RACIST that is.

  • Reynardine

    Just listened to *balbyraun* performed by Aygul Ulkenbayeva, a most refreshing reminder of what monoculturists are missing.

  • Reynardine

    Yeah, well

    Deal, deal, deal again
    And round goes the wheel again

    because people like Jason have selective density.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Who are some of our strongest trading partners? Japan? China? Korea? These are not countries that celebrate diversity. They are for the most part mono-racial”

    We have already dealt with this ignorant statement.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    Smooth move Frank Borzellieri! Seriously, get out of academe for good.

  • Jason Smith

    Who are some of our strongest trading partners? Japan? China? Korea? These are not countries that celebrate diversity. They are for the most part mono-racial. Yet they are strong economically. They produced advanced technology. White Liberals in the West are infected with a mental disease that is crazy.

  • Wayne

    Off topic, but very often I find Chick tracts (Christian gospel booklets) around my town. Chick publications is listed as a general “hate group” by the SPLC. Therefore, could those booklets be therefore considered as “hate literature”?

  • Reynardine

    Does this cat realize they were saying exactly the same stuff, and worse, about his ancestors in the Twentieth Century?