Principal With White Supremacist Ties Fired from Bronx School

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011  |  Updated 5:23 PM EDT
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Principal With White Supremacist Ties Fired

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A Catholic school principal who is reported to have ties to a white supremacist magazine has been fired, the New York Archdiocese said Tuesday.

Frank Borzellieri was let go "following a thorough internal review of his opinions and beliefs as expressed in his books and columns, and a discussion with Mr. Borzellieri himself," the archdiocese said in a statement.

Borzellieri, a former member of the now-defunct Board of Education, has written several books, including "The Unspoken Truth: Race, Culture and Other Taboos," and "Don't Take It Personally: Race, Immigration, Crime and Other Heresies."

In "The Unspoken Truth," he said "diversity is a weakness," and according to the Daily News, has written for the supremacist publication American Renaissance.

He has been principal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in the Bronx for two years. Most of the students there are black and Latino.

The archdiocese said Borzellieri's views "were found to be incompatible with the philosophy and practices of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, and with Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese."

Borzellieri could not immediately be reached for comment.

The pastor at the church issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for the "mistake in judgment" in hiring Borzellieri.

Father Eric Rapaglia said he was not aware of Borzellieri's views when the principal was first hired, and learned of them afterward.

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