The head of Community School District 12 in the Bronx has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education claiming that she was fired for refusing to do a “Black Panther salute” in photos.
Rafaela Espinal claims in her lawsuit that they were forced by the superintendent to do the salute to Black power from the 2018 comic-book movie “Black Panther” in photos — or else.
Espinal’s lawyers say that their client declined to do the salute because it “introduced a racial divide where there should be none.”
The photos were taken during official gatherings of high-level Department of Education bosses, at the urging of then-Bronx superintendent Meisha Ross Porter, who claims her father was a member of militant civil rights group the Black Panther Party.
The New York Post reports that Espinal “was admonished and told that it was inappropriate for her not to participate,” according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Feb. 3 against the