If a school or school district sets eligibility rules for students to participate in extracurricular activities – sports, band, etc. – then shouldn’t they expect their athletic director to enforce those rules?
That’s what 57 year old Robert Cincotta thought until he was labeled a racist for enforcing the eligibility rules and later fired from his job. Cincotta worked as a teacher and served as the athletic director at a school in Hempstead, New York.
Located on Long Island, Hempstead is made up of 22 incorporated villages with a combined population of around 760,000. Even though blacks make up only 16.5% of the overall population of Hempstead, the school where Cincotta taught was mostly black.
The district policy states that any student failing two or more classes would be deemed ineligible to participate in sports. Wanting to enforce the policies established by the school district, Cincotta began checking grades in February 2013. Upon his findings, he began notifying the various coaches which students were not academically eligible to take part in sports.
Shortly thereafter, Cincotta received a call for the assistant superintendent who called him a racist and accused him of trying to hurt black kids. Oh yeah, did I mention that Cincotta is white and that most of the students at the school are black? Three months later in May 2013, Cincotta was informed that his position had been done away with for economic reasons.
Consequently, Cincotta has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school district claiming that they discriminated against him because he was white and only trying to enforce district policy. In his lawsuit, he points out that at the time his position was eliminated for economic reasons that the district was still hiring new employees.
This is just one of a growing number of incidents where a white person is accused of being racist for only trying to do the right thing and enforce the rules. White police officers are being called racist for trying to enforce the law. White teachers are called racist if they fail a black kid. White employers are being called racist if the fire a black employee, even if they caught them stealing or violating company rules. Politicians are being accused of being racist for wanting to impose laws to prevent voter fraud.
But when is the last time you heard of a black teacher, coach, athletic director, police officer, employer or politician of being racist for doing the exact same things? Such is the imbalance and injustice happening in America today over perceived racism that isn’t there and the denial of black racism that is there.