A white, heterosexual, cisgender, physically capable man filed a lawsuit with the Colorado Division of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging discrimination based on “race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, gender, disability.”
His lawyer, Iris Halpern, told reporters: “We are seeing a new listening to Jim Crow.” Satirical ice from The Onion? Nope. It’s straight out of the Denver dailies.
The headlines were supposed to read, “Fired School Superintendent Files Ludicrous Lawsuit, Trying to Overturn Election Results” because that’s what former Douglas County Superintendent Corey Wise is trying to do.
The lawsuit alleges that the district council majority discriminated against him because of his “advocacy for youth and staff of color, LGBTQ+ people, and students with disabilities.”
By propaganda, he means the introduction of the universal wearing of masks and the implementation of justice policies in the district. Because the board members were critical of these actions, they were guilty of “discriminating associations” by firing him.
It’s similar to this week’s Newsmax host Greg Kelly featuring pale-skinned politician Ben Shapiro in a black conservative TV spot and then justifying the inclusion by claiming that Shapiro, although white, is one of the “heroes” of the black conservative movement. Similar to associative heroism, associative discrimination gives a middle-aged white male the right to claim discrimination when he believes he is protecting minority groups.
The lawsuit alleges that the majority of Douglas County board members adhere to racist, homophobic and ableist ideologies because they oppose mandatory masks and left-wing education fads. The lawsuit cites at length campaign statements critical of Wise’s actions, such as his involvement in a lawsuit against the Department of Health for allowing students to be exempt from masking and employing the Gemini Group as part of a fairness policy.
The Gemini group provided training on systemic racism, implicit bias, equality, intersectionality, oppression, and microaggression—all synonymous with critical race theory. They preach that unfair educational outcomes are the result of racist politics and hidden prejudice, which is the CRT creed.
The lawsuit also cited board candidates’ criticism of conflicting gender and gender guidelines as “other signs of unlawful bias and hostility during the campaign.” Looks like Wise’s legal team may have skipped First Amendment law school courses. What’s more, they don’t seem to understand that the open rejection of disguises and conflicting instructions is the reason why Peterson, Myers, Williams, and Winegar received the majority of votes. This is the reason why voters have changed most of the school boards across the country.
Do Wise and his legal team think that the majority of the county’s voters are bigots? Halpern’s statements comparing opposition to masking and CRT to support for segregationist Jim Crow laws speak volumes. Support our preferred policies or show us your clan card, a classic example of the false dichotomy fallacy of Halpern and her client’s views on the electorate.
Litigation smacks of law, as if the manager kept his job regardless of the will of the public. Elections have consequences, and new councils may hire a leader to carry out their tasks. Ask former TC president Mark Kennedy. Ask any appointed official. Election night results determine their future work. The accusation of discrimination against the board and voters testifies to the bad character of a person.
What does Wise want? The claim does not include damages. Is his old job back? A chance to restore the disguise and the politics of justice? Another payout? Why stop there? How about ending the election?
Let’s recognize this lawsuit for what it is – an attempt to overturn the will of the voters.
Christa L. Cafer is a columnist for the weekly Olx Praca. Follow her on Twitter: @kristakafer.
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