An Asian American city councilwoman in California says she’s struggling to deal with cancel culturists who’ve called her racist and hounded her for months following a dispute with a local Black activist.
Lynette Lee Eng, a nonpartisan city councilwoman in Los Altos, 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’d voted. She said something about it, and then things went woke.
She said the case illustrates how cancel culture and organized shaming and intimidation can interfere with officials’ routine duties as well as keep them fearful of speaking their minds honestly and getting meaningful work done. Moos and his supporters have repeatedly returned to subsequent city council meetings to re-air their grievances.
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“It makes it hard to clearly state your position, because you have to constantly rethink it,” she told Fox News on Friday. “You want to make sure it’s stated correctly so no one takes offense, because if not, this is what’s going to happen to you.”
Lee Eng, who speaks slowly and deliberately, said that she has survived a stroke and already goes to great lengths to articulate her thoughts. The drama just makes her job harder, she said.
“If you’re in the more popular view, of course, it’s easy for you to do your job,” she said.
But sometimes constituents have concerns that may align with unpopular positions.
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“We have to be considerate that there are concerns that need to be raised, to make sure that we can have a dialogue,” she said. “And maybe we could try to work out compromises.”
Additionally, anti-Asian American hate crimes are on the rise. Destructive woke mobs vandalizing people’s houses are on the rise. And the idea that free speech should be protected has somehow become controversial.
Not to mention, a fellow Los Altos councilwoman recently pressured into apologizing by the same group of activists just a few months ago after she used the phrase “you’re out of your cotton-picking mind” when speaking in opposition to an outdoor mask mandate.
And Lee Eng said all that combined had her worried about herself, her family and her home when Moos’ text message popped up.
“We all want to make sure that people are respected not just for the color of their skin…not just the race, but the cultures, the diversity of thought,” she said. “People need to feel
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