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An Asian-American Democratic councilor in California says she has problems dealing with cultural artists whom she has labeled and persecuted as racist for months after an argument with a local black activist.
Lynette Lee Eng, a Los Altos councilor, was in the middle of an official Zoom meeting on Nov. 24 when she received a text message from a 22-year-old local activist named Kenan Moos complaining about the way she was doing had chosen. She said something about it, and then things woke up.
She said the case shows how the abolition of culture and organized shame and intimidation can interfere with the routine duties of officials and make them fearful of honestly speaking their minds and doing meaningful work. Moos and his supporters have repeatedly returned to subsequent city council meetings to re-voice their grievances.
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“It makes it difficult to be clear about your position because you have to keep rethinking it,” she told Fox News on Friday. “You want to make sure it is stated correctly so that nobody gets offended because if you don’t, this is going to happen to you.”
Lee Eng, who speaks slowly and deliberately, said she survived a stroke and is already making great efforts to articulate her thoughts. The drama only makes her job harder, she said.
“Obviously, when you’re in the more popular view, it’ll be easy for you to get your job done,” she said.
But sometimes constituents have concerns that may line up with unpopular positions.
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“We need to take into account that concerns need to be raised to ensure we can have a dialogue,” she said. “And maybe we could try to work out compromises.”
In addition, anti-Asian American hate crimes are on the rise. Destructive guard mobs destroying people’s homes are on the rise. And the idea of protecting freedom of speech is kind of controversial.
Not to mention that another Los Altos councilwoman was recently pressured by the same group of activists to apologize after using the phrase “you are crazy about picking cotton” when speaking against a mandate for outdoor masks .
And Lee Eng said all together she was worried about herself, her family and her home when Moos’ text message showed up.
“We all want to make sure that people are respected not just for the color of their skin … not just for race but also for cultures, diversity of thoughts,” she said. “People need to feel safe to express themselves and if I don’t feel safe it should tell you that my constituents don’t feel safe.”
The proposal in question would have created a third party control over complaints against the Los Altos Police Department, which has received only one complaint of violence out of a total of 15 reports in the past six years. Lee Eng said she wanted to know more about the cost of the program to taxpayers before the vote.
In the middle of the official meeting, the activist sent her a direct text on her phone.
“Your name will be all over the papers,” he warned, according to Lee Eng.
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“We know there are racists who supported you,” he continued. “They are trying to delay this. It has nothing to do with budget.”
She spoke up and said she had received a text from an activist and had concerns about her safety.
Then the recoil began. Moos and his supporters called for their resignation, appeared regularly at city council meetings to reiterate their concerns, and pressured other council members to reprimand Lee Eng.
Moss said during a meeting that “Lynette, your false accusations increased the likelihood that I could be killed by the police,” according to the San Jose-based Mercury News.
He compared himself to Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black Chicago boy who was lynched and maimed by a Mississippi mob in 1955 after a white woman falsely accused him of a minor crime.
According to Freddie Wheeler, a city resident who defended Lee Eng from Moos’ supporters, Moos is the son of a doctor and technical CEO who lives in Silicon Valley and is in his senior year at the University of Oregon. He started a Black Lives Matter-focused group called Justice Vanguard to campaign for social justice in his community.
“The idea that the police are going to shoot him is so ridiculous that it is actually outrageous,” said Wheeler.
Moos has claimed that his texts posed no threat, and even wrote so much in one of them that they were “in no way a threat of any kind”.
And his repeated insistence on this point attracted local media and some residents to claim they falsely accused him of being a direct threat to her and her family.
But in the bigger picture, Lee Eng said it was easy to feel insecure when you go against the grain.
It points to a national increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans, as well as mob gatherings in the homes of other Bay Area officials, including vandalism, graffiti and flag burning.
She said the lyrics didn’t have to contain a direct threat of physical violence by moss to make her fear for her safety.
She also said that concerted efforts to shame and intimidate her make it difficult to get her job done and likely “could deter good people from running for office” in the future.
“I support social justice issues, social justice issues,” she said. “I advocated implicit bias training in the city. I’m not a racist.”
At least two residents recently volunteered at a meeting in support of the councilor, the Los Altos town crier said. They noted the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the US, as well as bullying that directly focused on Lee Eng. They also found that their campaign signs had been defaced with the word “racist” last year.
Wheeler was one of those residents.
“Are you showing her the same lack of respect that you blame others for showing you by not believing her?” she asked Moos’ supporters.