“If you are not outraged, you’re not paying attention”
~ Heather Heyer, the counter-protestor murdered by a racist in Charlottesville, Va., in her last Facebook post
There are 32 organized hate groups in Georgia. These include black separatists, the KKK, and white nationalists. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center in its publication “Intelligence Report,” there were 6,121 hate crimes nationally in 2016, up from 2015. Since 1999, the number of hate groups has increased from 457 to 954 in 2017. Hate is spreading like a malignant cancer all over the country, aided by a President who defensively equates fascists with those protesting racism.
Roy Rabold (R), Traci Fuller(R), and Sara Van Etten (D) have qualified for the May primaries to fill the Fayette County Board of Education(BOE) District 2 seat. To refresh your memory, Ray Rabold is the former principal who publicly defended Joshua Hitson, a Whitewater HS teacher alleged to be a white supremacist.
A comprehensive report about Hitson, spanning nearly 200 pages, can through Atlanta Antifa. It details the very serious allegations made against Hitson, who subsequently resigned. I do not support the secrecy of Atlanta Antifa, the radical group issuing the report. However, Hitson never publicaly responded to these extremely detailed allegations prior to resigning. Should we simply assume that the allegations are true?
Roy Rabold, the principal who hired him and had since retired, aggressively defended Hitson in a letter to local news outlet, but also never addressed the very specific charges of racism and white supremacy made in the dossier.
In a column last year, I questioned whether or not the entire situation was handled correctly. I still have the same questions. If Hitson was innocent, why didn’t he defend himself? Why didn’t he point out any discrepancies in the report? Why did he resign if innocent? If the allegations were true, why was Hitson allowed to simply resign versus being terminated for cause?
If the report is incorrect, then why didn’t Rabold dispute it point by point instead of just saying it was all wrong? But, more importantly, if the allegations were true, and we have seen no evidence publicly brought forth which would dispute its veracity, then why did Rabold defend him so adamantly? We have a right to know, especially now that Rabold is running for the BOE District 2 seat.
Furthermore, why did the BOE have to get involved? If the dossier was inaccurate, why didn’t the BOE and Superintendent openly say so? If the report’s allegations were accurate, why didn’t the Superintendent and the Board of Education take a clear public stand against bigotry in our tax payer funded schools?
Now, my concerns have now significantly expanded. We have a former principal running for the BOE who has not yet explained his actions in an extremely serious situation. As a candidate, his previous actions must be evaluated before anyone should consider voting for him.