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PCAH Resigns in Protest of Trump

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Aug 18, 2017

On Friday, August 18, the remaining members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned in protest of President Trump’s comments regarding white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville. The committee, which included actors and artists such as Kal Penn and Chuck Close, drafted a letter to the White House that announced their resignation and sharply criticized the President’s equivocation on condemning white supremacy.

“Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville,” the commissioners wrote in their letter. “The false equivalencies you push cannot stand. The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions.”

President Reagan established the committee in 1982. In recent years, particularly in concert with First Lady Michelle Obama, it has helped oversee Turnaround Arts as well as the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. PCAH is also a partner in the Creative Youth Development National Partnership alongside the Guild, Americans for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Learn more about PCAH’s resignation here.

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