Teacher who was fired for denying her"white privilege" gets the green light for her defamation lawsuit.

For a post on her Facebook page, she was called a racist.

Sbe taught at Palatine High School for 20 years, but for posting her opinion about BLM, she was fired. Incredible.

As reported by the Cook County Record:

A former Palatine High School teacher will be allowed to continue with her defamation lawsuit against a Palatine High School board member and Black Lives Matter activist, as she seeks a court order requiring the BLM protest organizer to pay for allegedly accusing her of racism, leading to her termination last summer.

On June 25, Cook County Judge Jerry Esrig rejected an attempt by defendant Tim McGowan to toss the lawsuit filed against him by Jeanne Hedgepeth….

Hedgepeth had filed suit against McGowan in Cook County Circuit Court in March, accusing him of smearing her reputation and of allegedly organizing a campaign to get her fired from the teaching job she had held in Township High School District 211 in northwest suburban Palatine for two decades.


Another example of illiberal liberals who want to silence anyone who disagrees with them. Outrageously, this firing comes from a unit of government, which, by extension, has denied the plaintiff her constitutional right of free speech.

Here’s what she said:

According to published reports, at the time of the protests, Hedgepeth allegedly posted a message to her personal Facebook page, responding to the BLM protests by saying, in part: “I find the term ‘white privilege’ as racist as the ‘N’ word. You have not walked in my shoes either so do not make assumptions about me and my so called privilege. You think America is racist? Then you have been hoodwinked by the white liberal establishment and race baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.”

Might this case have national implications? The “racist” label is applied so often that it has become the new equivalent of the “commie” and “fellow traveler” charges cast against opponents of the far right in the 1950s. How ironic how the far left ridicules the 1950s when the far left is looking more and more like the far right.

The legal definition of defamation is:

Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect,regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings againsta person. Defamation may be a criminal or civil charge. It encompasses both written statements, known as libel, and spokenstatements, called slander.

Certainly, tossing your job because you are a “racist” definitely would qualify as defamation is you can’t prove that a person is one. What the plaintiff wrote here is not racist. It is a legitimate point of view protected by the first amendment.

I hope other targets of this false charge follow her example.

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  • Don't jump to conclusions, Dennis. The suit has survived a motion to dismiss. The plaintiff has a long way to go before she wins the suit. Your record on reporting legal matters has been shaky. I well remember your breathless headline a year ago: " Exclusive: Pritzker's Covid-19 orders no longer exist. Period." Your July 3, 2020 conclusion was based on a Circuit Court decision by downstate judge Michael McHaney as interpreted by someone called Michael Ciesta.

    Needless to say, your report on the demise of the Covid-19 pandemic measures was premature.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    That Pritzker's Emergency declaration has been renewed just a week or so ago for ---what?-- the fifteenth time should make you squeal for joy. That we have a legislature that has ceded control to one fat bastard is at the heart of every Democrat shill here. That one teacher who dared to have an opinion outside the Party line dared to say something on a private page that disagreed with said Party and was illegally fired is also sending a tingle down your leg. The world needs less free speech, no? And laws to enforce it, right?

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    "One fat bastard "? Calm down, Richard. I think you may be capable of presenting a logical argument without resort to childish ad hominem insults.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Pritzker is "one fat bastard." That's factual. Logical arguments are wasted on true believers.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    I was wrong in judging you capable.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Name calling is not an argument, wasted or not.

  • Whenever I see a columnist using the 'white privilege' line I immediately email them and call them out for their stereotyping and racist comment. I'm glad to see other reacting the same way. However, I've recently seen some replace 'white privilege' with 'unearned privilege' which is just cloaking what they really feel and want to say.

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