Johnston’s new director of equity, inclusion and belonging was approved by the school board on Monday night by a 6-1 vote despite a number of bigoted social media posts he shared on his own Facebook page based on race and political ideology.
After his confirmation, Fountain went to Facebook to thank his supporters.
“Thank you for fighting for me so I can fight for OUR youth, ALL youth,” he wrote. “There are some who may take issue with the district’s selection of me in a relatively new role. There are some who may not see the value in or believe that this role should exist. While this is their right, on both fronts, I will respectfully disagree.”
Fountain previously said Herschel Walker did not forget he was black, he just did not want to be black. He liked comments referring to Kanye West and Walker as “coons.” He said he fears the badge more than a gun and that police should not be in schools. He also said he would take an electoral map on his next vacation so he knows where not to stop for gas.
And he is not sorry for saying any of those things.
“Many of the comments I have made about what it is to feel safe in America as a black person reflect the experiences that I and many others have had,” he said. “I do not apologize for this, and find it unfortunate that a time where we could use certain ideas to open up real discussion, some would choose to sensationalized my words and attempt to use them as divisive tools.”
Fountain said he hopes that even those who do not agree with him and his work would have a conversation with him before forming judgment.