Washington, D.C., USA: Members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest on Friday over President Donald Trump’s response to the Charlottesville unrest.
“Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions,” they wrote in a letter to Trump. “We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
They added, “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.”
The members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, selected by President Barack Obama during his term, but held over during Trump’s tenure, include Kal Penn, Paula Boggs, Chuck Close, Richard Cohen, Fred Goldring, Howard L. Gottlieb, Vicki Kennedy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Luzzatto, Thom Mayne, Eric Ortner, Ken Solomon, Caroline Taylor, Jill Cooper Udall, Andrew Weinstein, and John Lloyd Young.
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) was created in 1982 under President Reagan to advise the White House on cultural issues.
It is taked with working with federal partners and the private sector to address, initiate, and support key policies and programs in the arts and humanities for all Americans.