Update 11/2/2017: It appears The Citizen has now restored Roy Rabold’s letter to the editor, in which Rabold denies Joshua Hitson’s history of white power agitation.
Update 9/7/2017: The Citizen newspaper has now removed Roy Rabold’s September 5, 2017 letter to the editor from its website. The letter is archived here. The Citizen‘s September 6 article based on Rabold’s letter is still up, but comments have now been disabled.
Rabold memory hole
Roy Rabold’s September 5, 2017 letter to the editor has now vanished down the Memory Hole
_________________________________
Former Whitewater High School Principal Roy A. Rabold harms his own reputation with his letter to The Citizen: “Hitson’s principal decries Antifa slurs” (September 5, 2017). 
Mr. Rabold uses the word “supremist,” a term that does not exist in the English language. Any spell checker would have caught the error. Sadly, Mr. Rabold takes a similarly cavalier approach to facts. 
It is understandable that The Citizen views Mr. Rabold’s letter as newsworthy. Until Mr. Rabold’s retirement as Principal of Whitewater High School, Rabold kept racist Joshua David Hitson employed as an English teacher at the school. Mr. Rabold is therefore an important part of the story. However, we question The Citizen running an article that amplifies Mr. Rabold’s rhetoric of “social terrorism” without offering any counterpoint from anti-racists.
Later, Whitewater High School – under a new Principal — as well as Fayette County Schools refused to acknowledge evidence about Mr. Hitson. So, we issued a 180+ page dossier in early August to further support our claims. Anyone interested can read this documentation and make up their own mind
The dossier eventually led to public outcry and the start of an official investigation. However even then Fayette County Schools took a page from Mr. Rabold’s book, with Fayette County Schools public relations specialist Melinda Berry-Dreisbach writing that “So far, we have not found legitimate evidence to support the claims being made.” Hitson eventually quit Whitewater.
FCBOE press specialist to member of public Aug 15 2017
Fayette County Schools press specialist communicating with public, mid-August 2017
Mr. Rabold is similarly misleading when he claims “Antifa has decided what he [Mr. Hitson] allegedly stands for in his personal life.” Published statements and concerted political activity are not “personal” issues. Mr. Hitson’s life story before he became a vocal white nationalist is largely irrelevant, although Mr. Rabold brings it up to muddy the waters. (We do not believe Mr. Hitson was a white nationalist when he started teaching in 2011, although he certainly was by 2014.) Mr. Rabold asks: “Where were they [Atlanta Antifascists] previously?” as if raising the matter earlier would have made a difference to his response
It is unfortunate that Mr. Rabold has chosen to respond to compelling evidence with misleading and irrelevant claims, as well as a bogus victim narrative – that the real problem is people not being polite enough when Mr. Rabold failed to show leadership or engage with reality. With his new letter, Mr. Rabold brings further shame to himself, to Whitewater, and to Fayette County Schools. Somewhere, there is a lesson to be learned from all this.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s