I mean, no one would fire a teacher for refusing to give the Wakanda salute, would they?
Rafaela Espinal, who identifies as Afro-Latina, says she was chastised for repeatedly refusing to mimic the gesture popularized in the 2018 Marvel Comic’s "Black Panther," during superintendent meetings, reported the New York Post Saturday.
According to a Manhattan Supreme Court suit against the city’s Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza and other top officials earlier this month, Espinal was "admonished and told that it was inappropriate for her not to participate" in the salute by the then-Bronx superintendent Meisha Ross Porter.
I want to believe she was fired for something justifiable, but if she was, no one is saying what it was--so all I have is her story to go on. And let's be honest, in today's racial climate, it's not impossible to believe that what is reported above is 100% true.