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Jack Bernard, a retired SVP with a large national healthcare firm, has worked extensively with hospitals across the nation regarding cost containment and insurance. He was also the first Director of Health Planning for Georgia.
Jack Bernard is a retired SVP with a national firm. He is also the former Chair of the Jasper County Commission and Republican Party.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery, there are 32 organized hate groups in Georgia. These include black separatists, the KKK, and white nationalists. They are all over the country, 917 of them. Nationally, there has been an increase of 17 percent in the number of these hate groups in the last three years. It is clear that our President enjoys playing the race card (Charlottesville, NFL, etc.) to fire up the base, a fact which has exacerbated the situation in 2017.
A few months ago, there was a raging controversy in Fayette County surrounding Joshua Hitson, a Whitewater HS teacher accused of being a white supremacist. Hitson resigned and the issue died, in my opinion, prematurely.
The case against Hitson was laid out in a comprehensive report spanning nearly 200 pages which can be found on this web site: https://afainatl.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/dossier-joshua-hitson-white-power-agitator-teacher-at-whitewater-high-school-fayetteville-ga. Hitson has never publically responded to these accusation. Admittedly, the Atlanta Antifa (anti-fascist) group that compiled the report is far left and aggressive, but it is hard to understand why he would have resigned without comment if he was completely innocent.
If this report is accurate and no evidence has been brought forth publicly to doubt the dossier’s veracity, this is clearly a case of a neo-Nazi public school teacher being paid with our tax money. If the dossier is untrue, then why wasn’t it refuted by Hitson point-by-point?
Assuming the report is true, there is an equally large problem that was not fully explored in any of the three papers running the story, the failure of Hitson’s principal to act when these assertions were brought to his attention. Could it be that he was too afraid of the controversy to do his job and get rid of Hitson? Let’s look at what we do know.
The principal has never directly refuted any of the specific allegations against Hitson contained in the dossier. He has, however, publicly stated that Hitson was a good teacher subject to social media “terrorism” by the Antifa group.
I suppose the principal and I have a different definition of “terrorism,” social or otherwise. Terrorism is a white supremacist running over an innocent peaceful protestor in Charlottesville.
I do not like anything being sent to anyone or put in a paper anonymously. I have had that done to me repeatedly when I was a rural county commissioner. Although I strongly disagree with Antifa’s tactics, people sending anonymous emails or posting negative items on social media is not terrorism.
If the report is accurate, Hitson is an odious neo-Nazi who hates African-Americans, immigrants, Jews, and others who are not part of his master race. If Hitson was innocent of these assertions, instead of writing vague generalities, his principal should have refuted the report rather than just say it was incorrect.
He did not, and neither did Hitson.
Many of my friends and relatives are teachers. They have told me about a few white teachers using the “n” word in casual conversations. (I have heard corporate CFOs and EVPs using similar language.)
Does this principal think that these bigoted teachers can be objective when teaching black students? I do not, and I would not want a black nationalist who hates whites teaching in a public school either.
Here is my final question: Where was the rest of the Fayette County School District management in all of this? Why didn’t they take clear public action?
If the dossier was inaccurate, why didn’t the Superintendent say so? If it was accurate, why didn’t the Superintendent and the Board of Education take a stand against bigotry?
If the allegations were true, why was Hinton allowed to simply resign? And was the principal asked by the District to retire?
I suppose that because of the sloppy way that this situation was handled, we will never know.