The fallout from the McKinney pool party viral video controversy continues, as social media-based Social Justice Warriors seek more scalps.
On Thursday, pressure from liberal groups led to at least one woman being temporarily removed from her job for her involvement in the McKinney controversy. Another woman has been fired from her teaching position due to comments she made on Facebook. After posting an online “all points bulletin,” online activists are claiming victory about the job status of another man who worked for the Craig Ranch Home Owners Association, who ran into trouble after the hacktivist group Anonymous put out an online bounty on him.
These actions come after the resignation and apology of police officer David Eric Casebolt, and after Wednesday’sannouncement that a Miami high school principal had been removed because of a comment he made in support of the police officer on the Miami Herald’s website.
Tracey Carver-Allbritton Placed On Leave After Fight With Party Host
Tracey Carver-Allbritton is reportedly one of the woman seen in the video Breitbart Texas broke on Sunday night, which shows three women in a tussle outside the McKinney pool party.
The black woman shown in the fight is Tatiana Rhodes, who hosted and promoted the pool party that led to apparent violations of Homeowner’s Association policy over the use of the pool.
In a video interview earlier in the week, Rhodes said the “Caucasian woman” made racist comments to her and also initiated the violence, claiming that the woman struck her in the face, leading to the hair-pulling fight.
There is no indication that Rhodes has filed criminal charges against anyone in connection to the incident.
An activist group called Dallas Communities Organized for Change (DCOC) decided that that Caucasian woman was Tracey Carver-Allbritton. A campaign was organized to find information about her, DCOC used Twitter and Facebook to target Carver-Allbritton until they achieved their intended goal.
— DallasforChange (@DallasforChange) June 10, 2015
We’ve concluded our investigation and the woman identified is not a Bank of America employee but works with a vendor company (1/2) — Bank of America (@BofA_News) June 9, 2015
We have asked the vendor to investigate and take action (2/2)
— Bank of America (@BofA_News) June 9, 2015
On progressive website DailyKos, one of the DCOC founders then smeared CoreLogic, the company that Carver-Allbritton worked for, as racist:
That vendor company is CoreLogic Inc, a major financial data and analytics firm closely aligned with Bank of America. CoreLogic has been providing various financial and home loan services to Bank of America since at least 2011, which is around the time the U.S. Department of Justice settled a $335 million suit for racially discriminating against African Americans and Latinos in home mortgage lending. While CoreLogic Inc. seems not to be directly responsible for the decision on whether or not to issue home mortgage loans or other financial products to individuals, they provide a comprehensive lender profile and all necessary information needed to make the decision. This includes providing services such as credit profiles, credit reports, home mortgage default services, and analytics on multifamily leasing among others.
That paragraph is worth reading again, as it’s instructive as to how smears work.
The impression is given that Corelogic is discriminatory, that they’ve been providing services since “around the time” BofA settled a discrimination suit.
Simple math would dictate that if the suit was settled in 2011 and that if Corelogic began providing services then, that Corelogic had nothing to do with the lawsuit settlement, which was due to allegations of past behavior.
The rest of the paragraph makes the process of providing data for home loans seem sinister, after admitting the company “seems to not be directly involved” in the loan decision.
No matter. The social media smears continued.
— Propane Jane (@docrocktex26) June 11, 2015
Dallas Communities Organized for Change has made allegations of racial bias against the Dallas police for years, and has also said they would welcome the Obama Administration’s involvement in Dallas policing. As Truthout reported late last year:
I think Dallas is pretty rife for intervention, because the police department is not listening, and one of the problems we have is, we have leaders who have their ears covered,” said civil rights attorney Shayan Elahi, who is counsel for DCOC.
DCOC also singled out GOP Presidential Candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, because a Twitter user who opposed their employer targeting has a Twitter name that indicates she supports Walker.
Nor is DCOC happy with Officer Casebolt’s resignation. The group is demanding criminal charges of “Official Oppression.” Although that sounds like a leftist fantasy of a law, it actually is a real thing—a Class A misdemeanor.
— DallasforChange (@DallasforChange) June 9, 2015
There’s no clear indication that Casebolt’s conduct fits the charge, especially due to the requirement that conduct needs to be something that “he knows is unlawful.”
Teacher Fired Over Facebook Comments
Breitbart Texas reported that on Wednesday, a Miami High School principal was removed from his position for expressing support for Casebolt. That principal, Alberto Iber, left a short comment on the Miami Herald’s website saying of Officer Casebolt, “He did nothing wrong. He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.” Those three sentences were all it took for social activists to drum Iber out of his job. On Thursday, Karen Fitzgibbons, an elementary school teacher at Bennett Elementary School in Wolfforth, Texas, also lost her job due to comments about the McKinney pool party. The teacher’s remarks were considerably more provocative than the short comment that led to Miami principal Iber’s removal. Fitzgibbons was clearly aware that her statement would be perceived by many as racist, especially since she said she was “almost at the point” of wanting 1950s style segregation to be restored.
I’m going to just go ahead and say it … the blacks are the ones causing the problems and this ‘racial tension.’ I guess that’s what happens when you flunk out of school and have no education. I’m sure their parents are just as guilty for not knowing what their kids were doing; or knew it and didn’t care. I’m almost to the point of wanting them all segregated on one side of town so they can hurt each other and leave the innocent people alone. Maybe the 50s and 60s were really on to something. Now, let the bashing of my true and honest opinion begin….GO! #imnotracist #imsickofthemcausingtrouble #itwasatagedcommunity
If Fitzgibbons wanted bashing, she got her wish. DailyKos staffer and social media race agitator Shaun King wasted no time in bringing a national spotlight to Fitzgibbon’s Facebook post, stating “This woman absolutely needs to be fired. These views are racist, offensive, and disgusting. She is in clear violation of school policy…” The Frenship Independent School District announced Fitzgibbon’s firing on Thursday:
On Wednesday afternoon, Frenship Independent School District was made aware of a statement posted on a Facebook page by a Frenship ISD employee earlier this week. Frenship ISD is deeply disappointed in the thoughtlessness conveyed by this employee’s post. We find these statements to be extremely offensive, insensitive, and disrespectful to our Frenship community and citizens everywhere. These comments in no way represent the educational environment we have created for our students. The employee whose account is responsible for the post will be relieved of her teaching duties at Frenship ISD. We hold our employees responsible for their public conduct even when they are not on active duty as district employees. Employees are held to the same professional standards in their public use of electronic media as they are for any other public conduct. This recent conduct was unacceptable.
Social Justice Warriors Continue The Hunt
Not long after the Pool Party video went viral, social media began trying to identify the people appearing in it. One man in particular drew their attention.
Some online singled out a man named Skip Davis, who was the head of the Home Owner’s Association for Craig Ranch, the neighborhood in McKinney where the pool party incident happened.
— Merc2723 (@Quicksilver2723) June 11, 2015
The question of that man’s identity became of great interest to people like a Twitter user posting under the pseudonym Trillian. In their Twitter profile, @TrillianDent describes themselves as a:
50 yr old queer rheumie, agnostic, prankster, internet social butterfly, hippie, geek, star-watcher, big mouth, SJM (social justice mage).
“Trillian” contacted the HOA and was supported by DCOC:
— DallasforChange (@DallasforChange) June 11, 2015
— Trill (@Trillian_Dent) June 11, 2015
@Trillian_Dent Good work on your part. We need them to release a statement and we want his name so he can be held accountable publicly
— Hands Solo (@SoloHands) June 11, 2015
@Trillian_Dent Yes, the man’s shirt carries the same insignia. I scratched around yesterday following some hunches. Scary bunch really.
— Merc2723 (@Quicksilver2723) June 11, 2015
@SoloHands yeh. i think someone will soon. a lot of ppl are lookin. :)
— Trill (@Trillian_Dent) June 12, 2015
A scary bunch, indeed.
Chilling Effects of the Cyber-Mob?
The Internet represents a great leap forward in the ability of everyone to make their voice heard, but that’s come with a price.
Once, only public figures like politicians or celebrities needed to worry about watching their every word. In the age of social media and rapid research on anyone being just a web search away, that time is over.
It’s become obvious that anyone making public comments on any political issue potentially faces trouble if they are singled out by the cyber-mob. It doesn’t matter who you are – if you anger someone and suddenly “go viral,” you risk threats, exposure and the loss of your job. And beware: the cyber-mob isn’t that great at fact-checking.
Voltaire’s ideal of “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it” has been replaced by hair-trigger rage and reprisals. It’s not restricted to any one corner of the ideological spectrum, and every time it happens to one side of an issue, the other side wants revenge.
It remains to be seen how the seemingly endless game of online payback will affect people’s desire to express their political views, especially those that odds with a dominant narrative.