statementa unifying force that speaks with one voice in the interests of our community as a whole.” Preserving unity is a desirable goal, no one can dispute that, but not when this unity undermines the organization’s ability to maintain moral integrity and the credibility it must have to be able to advance its mission.
The statement went on to talk about “ADC’s resolution not to promote any particular side of a dispute” as a reason for failing to undertake a principled position. This is precisely the problem with ADC current stance, the lack of leadership. Leaders cannot cite their fear of taking side in a dispute among their members when the dispute is about the use of brutal force by Syrian security forces against peaceful demonstrators. ADC leaders must stand on the side of the victims of horrific atrocities instead of expressing ambivalence as to where they should stand on a dispute. ADC members who want to side with dictatorship against a freedom movement do not belong in a civil rights organization and should not be allowed to dictate its direction.
ADC leaders cannot claim to defend the rights of Arab Americans while condoning the brutal violation of Arab rights elsewhere. An anti-discrimination organization cannot discriminate as to when and where human rights matter. In the times of global media and communication, violations of Arab human rights overseas will come to haunt Arab Americans here at home. Martin Luther Kings, Jr. got it right: “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Will ADC leadership heed this wisdom?