Just when you think Trump’s administration can’t get any more despicable, they go and pull something like this! Then again, we shouldn’t be that surprised considering Trump just admitted to being a White Nationalist in front of a crowd of 20,000 people and has been linked to notorious KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke. Let’s not forget that he also referred to the Neo-Nazi crowd at the Charlottesville riots as “very fine people.”
Earlier today, the Washington Post released an article reporting that Deputy Executive Director of VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, David J. Thomas, Sr., had a portrait displayed in his office of the KKK’s very first Grand Wizard, Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was evidently so proud of this portrait, that it had its very own spotlight pointed at it.
The Post reported:
‘David J. Thomas Sr. is deputy executive director of VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, which certifies veteran-owned businesses seeking government contracts. His senior staff is mostly African American.
‘Thomas said he took down the painting Monday after a Washington Post reporter explained that its subject, Nathan Bedford Forrest, was a Confederate general and slave trader who became the KKK’s first figurehead in 1868. He said he was unaware of Forrest’s affiliation with the hate group, which formed after the Civil War to maintain white control over newly freed blacks through violence and intimidation.’
Thomas also told the Post:
‘It was just a beautiful print that I had purchased, and I thought it was very nice.’
It’s just unbelievable that something this disturbing could go unnoticed in a prominent official’s office for so long, but there it was. It’s no wonder that there are reports of racial tension between Thomas and his employees — nine of whom are black.
The Post goes on to say:
‘Racial tensions have flared between Thomas and several of his employees, at least three of whom have pending claims of racial discrimination against him. An attorney representing two of these employees said the portrait is evidence that Thomas is not comfortable around African Americans.’
We aren’t sure yet what, if any, disciplinary action will be brought against Deputy Director Thomas, but this is the last person who should be in charge of any office that coordinates Veterans affairs.
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