The “if it’s many, it’s me,” rule states that if many people aren’t successful under your leadership, don’t hit the learning targets you had for an academic lesson and/or have the same negative things to say about you, then you, not them are the problem. With that rule of thumb in mind, if 71% of the people in a group leave the group because of you, then you’re surely the problem.
Ten members of the Asian American Advisory Council (AAAC) took steps to stand in solidarity with one another against Donald Trump. They quit. There are only 14 members on the council. Donald Trump is the problem.
Less than 90 days after inauguration, members of The Council have had it. In a letter dated the 15th, members cite threats to cut funding to sanctuary cities, the Muslim Ban, the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, and a myriad of other Trump policies as the reasons for their resignations.
Former Council member, actor, Maulik Pancholy, said:
‘The choice to stay on under the new administration was with the hopes that I would have a seat at the table to be able to bring up the issues that are important to our community based on the work that’s happened over many years under this commission. It became very clear to me in the last month and a half that that voice at the table wasn’t going to be able to be effective inside the administration the way that I hoped it would be.’
It’s important to note that quitting the AAAC wasn’t the first option for the departed members. They first attempted to reach an amicable resolution with the Trump administration by reaching out to him in a letter dated 13 Jan 17, NBC News reports. However, much like the letter set to Trump by the Congressional Black Caucus, the AAAC did not receive a reply.
Some members cited the rhetoric of hate that many feel the Trump administration endorses and displays, as the primary reason for parting ways with the group. Tung Thanh Nguyen, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco was Chair of The Council. He argued:
‘It’s become impossible to say, as a member of the federal government, I encourage you to report hate crimes and bullying to the government because we’re here to help you, when in fact this administration does not seem to have made that a priority.’
Nguyen told NBC that he felt obligated to take a stand by resigning; Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which cleared the way for the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Dr. M.L. King preached that, “An injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.” The members of the AAAC who resigned get that.
It’s Muslims, poor people, women, Jewish people, and those who can’t afford health care being targeted in blatant and overt ways, today. Those who allow such vile treatment to take place and do nothing to stop/stand against it, will find themselves being targeted, tomorrow.
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