It’s tempting to believe that spotting neo-nazis and white nationalists out in the real world is the easiest possible version of political I-Spy. After all, the shaved heads and incendiary tattoos are probably pretty good indicators, right? Not to mention the giant protest signs and lit torches. In actuality, however, many white supremacists and proponents of hate speech live seemingly ordinary lives, are gainfully employed, and only express their shocking and hateful opinions online using pseudonyms.
Some of these white nationalists even interact with children on an alarmingly regular basis as coaches and schoolteachers. Earlier this year, a Catholic substitute teacher was actually fired from his position after the school district discovered his ties to a white supremacist group. More recently, a 25-year-old social studies teacher was revealed by Huffington Post to have secretly hosted a white nationalist podcast in her free time.
Dayanna Volitich, a history teacher at Crystal River Middle School in Florida, started the white supremacist podcast “Unapologetic” under the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov.” On the podcast, she expounds on her racist opinions and her sincere belief that “science” has confirmed that certain races are smarter than others.
As the Huffington Post reports:
In her most recent podcast on Feb. 26, a guest railed against diversity in schools, dismissing the idea that “a kid from Nigeria and a kid who came from Sweden are supposed to learn exactly the same” and have the “same IQ.” Volitich enthusiastically agreed with the guest,and went on to argue that “science” has proven that certain races are smarter than others. In the same episode, Volitich boasted about bringing her white nationalist beliefs into the classroom and hiding her ideology from administrators. She said that when parents complained to the school’s principal about how she is injecting political bias into the classroom, Volitich lied to the principal and said it was not true. “She believed me and backed off,” she said.
Volitich spoke on her podcast about subtly infusing her ideas into the curriculum and to her students, a move which one of her podcast guests praised. “(White nationalists) don’t have to be vocal about their views, but get in there!” the guest said. “Be more covert and just start taking over those places.”
“Right,” Volitich responded. “I’m absolutely one of them.”
Since Huffington Post contacted Citrus County School District for comment, many of the social media accounts associated with “Tiana Dalichov” have been removed, and her Twitter account has been set to private.
The executive director of educational services told Huffington Post that the district “will be looking into the statements she made, checking the validity to see if they violate our code of ethics and policy.” (Although it’s a safe assumption that they do.)
While it’s unclear how this discovery will pan out for Volitich, it is almost certain to result in her expulsion from the school — and, hopefully, a much-deserved Twitter ban.