California math teacher Karen Siegemund says she was fired for making a speech outside the classroom in defense of Western civilization.
Siegemund, president of the Los Angeles-based American Freedom Alliance and who holds a doctorate in education and American culture, spoke in May at her group’s “Long March Through the Institutions” conference, which “explored the Left’s ongoing multi-decade takeover attempt of numerous public and private institutions to effect a radical transformation of America.”
The phrase, “The long march through the institutions,” refers to revolutionary change effected by incrementalism and was coined by German student leader Rudi Dutschke in the 1960s, though it is widely misattributed to Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci, according to Marxist academic Joseph A. Buttigieg, the late father of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
During the offending oration, Siegemund said, “Each of us here believes in the unparalleled force for good that is Western civilization; that is our heritage, whether we were born here or not.”
Soon after the address, she was told her teaching contract at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a private K-12 school, wouldn’t be renewed, The College Fix reported.