Hate has no place in DC: Trayon White, resign from office

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Hate is not a Washington value. We are best served when our leaders display respect, humility, and a willingness to learn and grow.

DC Councilman Trayon White has done none of these things.

In March 2018, Councilman White shared a Facebook post suggesting that a family of Jewish financiers was responsible for climate change. Days after the post, it was revealed that White had made similar claims, again invoking the anti-Semitic trope, at a February city council meeting.

In an effort to make amends with the Jewish community, White and his staff visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a visit described by the Huffington Post as "bizarre." White left the tour halfway through, leaving his staff, one of whom described a Polish ghetto as a "gated community," to complete the visit.

On April 20th, it was revealed that White had instructed a member of his staff to make a $500 donation to a Nation of Islam event that featured an anti-Semitic speech by Louis Farrakhan. At this event, Farrakhan told the crowd that “powerful Jews are my enemy." Farrakhan is an avowed anti-Semite with a history of spreading hate speech.

Good leaders accept responsibility for their words, make amends for poor actions, and work to build bridges in the community. By his continued hate speech and actions, White has shown that he is incapable of doing such, and is unfit to continue to serve.

We call on Trayon White to immediately resign his position as Ward 8 councilman. 

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