John Goldman Victim of Libel – STATEMENT
John Goldman Victim of Libel – AMPLE EVIDENCE SHOWS
John Goldman, who also writes under the name Jack Murphy, was libeled and doxxed by self-proclaimed anarchist and Antifa terrorist Lacy MacAuley. She asserted that Goldman / Murphy was a “white supremacist” despite there being “ample evidence online that this is not true.”
MacAuley’s actions are malicious and intended to damage John Goldman / Jack Murphy and his reputation. John Goldman is employed by the DC PCSB (Public Charter School Board). Lacy MacAuley deliberately shared her lies with Goldman / Murphy’s employer, in an attempt to have him fired. As of February 22nd, Goldman / Murphy remains suspended pending an investigation.
The fact that John Goldman was indeed not “alt-right” nor a “white supremacist” is supported by multiple accounts in the mainstream media, as well by his own writing. When MacAuley notified Goldman / Murphy’s employer, she ignored all evidence the contrary in her quest to damage him and his reputation.
Even if MacAuley’s accusations were true, Goldman / Murphy’s speech is protected under the First Amendment, the DC Human Rights Act, and the DC Employee Right’s and Responsibilities regulations. The DC Codes are clear:
§ 1–615.58. Employee responsibilities.
Employees shall have the following rights and responsibilities:
(1) The right to freely express their opinions on all public issues, including those related to the duties they are assigned to perform; provided, however, that any agency may promulgate reasonable rules and regulations requiring that any such opinions be clearly disassociated from that agency’s policy;
His suspension from DC Public Charter School Board still lingers more than a month later.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown of reason.com explains:
On January 22, Antifa activist Lacy MacAuley tweeted “CONFIRMED. John Goldman is a white supremacist working for DC public schools @dcpcsb as a finance manager. Goldman, aka ‘Jack Murphy,’ frequently publishes white supremacist blog posts. He was also with Nazi Richard Spencer at @whitehouse in April.” When Goldman pointed out that he is Jewish and accused her of libel, MacAuley responded that she believed “DC parents and children have a right to know if someone who is a senior employee in their school system is an ally to white supremacists and Nazis.”
There’s ample evidence online that this is untrue—that in fact, Goldman tried to steer the alt-right away from associating with white supremacist figures like Richard Spencer and his tiki-torch mafia, and to claim the label for a new kind of conservatism: one that liked Steve Bannon’s immigration ideas but had fewer social-conservative hangups than previous iterations, and most definitely did not want to create a white ethno-state. When this failed—when it became clear that those throwing up Nazi salutes had “won” the label, as The New Yorkerput it—Goldman both ditched the alt-right label and actively confronted Spencer at events.
But the allegation of being a white nationalist was all it took for the D.C. Public Charter School Board to begin investigating and for progressive media to dig through Goldman’s Twitter history and deleted blog posts to find unsavory content.Not things linking him to white nationalism or Nazism mind you—in fact, a ThinkProgress hit piece explicitly notes that there’s no evidence of this. Yet once Goldman was outed as someone on the Wrong Side, his actual beliefs hardly seemed to matter. Now this man—whose initial offense was simply to visit an escape room with Chelsea Manning and some #MAGA hucksters—was fair game for public destruction anyway.
A few days after MacAuley’s initial tweets, Goldman was put on administrative leave from his job with the city.
Art Spitzer of the American Civil Liberties Union of DC told WAMU that firing Goldman would be unwise, from a constitutional perspective. “He’s expressing his personal views about political issues. Yes, he’s got a First Amendment right to do that, same as every other government employee,” said Spitzer.
The charter school board should explain that this is America, people have a right to express their political opinions. Liberals shouldn’t want the charter school board to fire people because they have conservative views.
“Accusations are Absurd”
John Goldman / Jack Murphy’s personal and professional track record dispels any notion he may be alt-right. Goldman / Murphy has worked for nearly a decade to improve the education of disadvantaged minority children in Washington, DC. He is a proven school-turnaround expert and was recently hired by the DC PCSB because of his well-known dedication to the charter school movement. Goldman / Murphy improved the quality of each school he led, benefiting over 1,000 families in DC.
Lacy MacAuley and the DC PCSB’s actions have sidelined a true education reformer at a time when Washington DC has a dire shortage of positive leadership.
The DC Public School Chancellor and the Deputy Mayor for Education both resigned in disgrace this past week for cheating the very kids they were meant to serve. Yet Goldman / Murphy, who was hired to tackle corruption in the charter school sector, remains suspended.
Lacy MacAuley’s actions have had nothing but negative consequences, and it’s possible the people most damaged by her malicious defamation of Goldman / Murphy are the children and families of Washington, DC.
John Goldman Jack Murphy Public Statement from January 22nd, 2018:
A photo recently surfaced where I appeared with Chelsea Manning, the whistle-blower, and a diverse group of media personalities who support Donald Trump including a latina, a homosexual, a jew, an immigrant, and a transgendered person. I myself am Jewish.
I was the unknown person in the photograph. Because various political advocates were upset that Chelsea Manning appeared with Trump supporters, they investigated and discovered my identity for the express purpose of a public shaming.
Lacy MacAuley, an admitted member of known domestic terror group Antifa, libelously spread false information about me in an attempt to get me fired. She tweeted that I was a white supremacist and known associate of Richard Spencer.
She then notified my employer, the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), and they’ve placed me on administrative leave pending an investigation.
I 100% deny any association, affiliation with, or support of the alt-right, Richard Spencer, racism, fascism, or anything else other than a liberal Democracy where each citizen has equal protection under the law.
Any notion I am a white supremacist is a complete fabrication, while the opposite is unquestionably true: I am open minded, I love everyone, and I wish nothing more than for our country to come together.
And today, I am the victim of a vicious smear campaign indicative of the nasty times we live in.
What do I believe?
I believe everyone has equal rights and should be treated fairly. I believe we should come together and find unity. I believe we all need to find a way to live together because that’s our best future.
But now I am being libeled as a white supremacist when in fact, I am anti-hate and abhor the alt-right.
On January 20th, 2017 I even confronted him in public as documented here by the Atlantic.
Rosie Gray of the Atlantic, Oliver Darcy then of the Business Insider, and Andrew Marantz of the New Yorker all witnessed my altercation with Spencer.
I don’t just disavow Richard Spencer, I’ve openly fought him.
I have worked to shine the light on Spencer’s disgusting views and ensure there was no perceived association because there is none.
Why was I at the White House when Richard Spencer was there?
I covered a protest by the alt-right because it was newsworthy and I expected Antifa to show up and have a conflict with Spencer. I went and periscoped it live, and wrote it about it afterward.
Do journalists share the views of all the people they cover? Of course not. This is no different.
Who am I?
Rather than shriek on twitter all day, I’m actually on the ground improving society. I have worked ten years in the charter school community, turning around some of the worst performing schools in the city, ones that served virtually 100% African American students.
I have succeeded where many others have failed in improving the educations of our city’s poor black youth.
And I am now a victim.
Is this where our world is today? Is this the level of discourse we’ve devolved to?
Must each side fight an all-out war intent on total destruction?