A beloved Michigan teacher was fired over three tweets (one which he deleted). One was in support of President Trump’s directive to open schools in the fall; the second tweet stated that Trump was indeed the president and a third consisted of a benign but pejorative comment about liberals (which he deleted shortly after posting it).
The Michigan teacher, Justin Kucera, 28, was known as many of the students’ favorite teacher. Ironically, he was also known to be apolitical, never voicing his opinions to students or in the classroom.
Cancel culture has become an insidious part of our world, an extremist tool used by those in power to silence the opinion of any who disagree with them — and anyone who might even be thinking about doing so in the future.
As Twitter users responding to this case in Michigan noted:
Don’t worry you’ll get lots of people saying “Well he didn’t get arrested”. No point in free speech if people can take away your means of survival for saying something. Free speech is about supporting everyone’s right to speak freely.
— Moogy (@Muggumbo) July 21, 2020
silencing dissent, silencing opinions from common sensed folk to shift, spin, and contol the narrative. silencing one, thru intimidation, to silence others! (if u dont conform this will happen to you!) the news is fake. the war is real.
— LiQuidSwords💧⚔⚛🦅☦🛡 (@lordroccodotcom) July 21, 2020
Gone are the days of dialogue and respectful agreements to disagree. It truly does feel like “war.”
Yet in the many stories of employees being fired for social media posts by woke employers (or at least employers terrified that the woke cancel culture will come for their company next), we never hear about lawsuits brought by fired employees for this injustice.
Why not? Could it be legal for employers to fire an employee over a social media post?
In the following podcast, Clarion Editor Meira Svirsky explores the case of the Michigan teacher further and whether or not a person’s First Amendment rights supersede an employer’s right to fire an employee for an “offending” social media post.