President Donald Trump‘s entire Arts and the Humanities committee has resigned in direct response to his handling of the Charlottesville, NC unrest…
In a powerful letter addressed to the president, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) said: “Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both.”
According to The White House, Trump had already decided against renewing the executive order for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, set to expire later this year. Nevertheless, the committee’s collective decision to resign made a huge statement.
“Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
And, in an ending statement equivalent to dropping the mic, the PCAH concluded: “Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.”
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) August 18, 2017
Source: Variety | Photo: AP Photo/LM Otero