MUST READ POST – It takes profound courage and exemplary character to do the right thing when everyone around you is willing to allow moral corruption:
Right is Right, even if nobody does it;
Wrong is Wrong, even if everybody does it.
Ondray Harris is a man of character, honor and courage – He was also the Community Relations Service Director of the Dept. of Justice / Community Relations Service (CRS) 2009/10. In 2009 he was bright eyed and his words were filled with the sound of hope; His outlook of opportunity was for a post-racial America.
Last week he quit….
…..because DC Board Members demanded he stop hiring “white people” – His resignation speaks volumes to the changes now evidenced within the Dept of Justice. We have outlined those changes against the back drop of the George Zimmerman case – and we will continue to do so.
WASHINGTON DC – Ondray Harris, the African-American executive director of the Public Employee Relations Board of the District of Columbia, stepped down last week.
His resignation letter provides a disturbing look at alleged discriminatory and partisan conduct by the members of the board tasked with overseeing labor issues and the D.C. government’s relations with public employees.
Harris claimed in his letter that two members of the board, Don Wasserman and Ann Hoffman, complained over his hiring of a white female, Erin Wilcox, because they perceived her “as being conservative or politically right-of-center.”
According to Harris, at a meeting on Nov. 8, 2012, Hoffman declared that “somebody with a resume like hers doesn’t belong here” and “should never work here.”
Harris said he was “rebuked” by Wasserman for hiring white male employees despite the fact that no challenge was ever made by the board members to their professional “qualifications, competency, or efficiency.”
In fact, Wasserman told Harris to “refrain from hiring white men” in the future to fill open attorney slots, according to Harris.
As a civil rights lawyer and the former Deputy Chief of Employment Litigation in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, Harris vehemently opposed these “illegal, unconstitutional, and discriminatory comments and hiring demands,” telling the board that it was asking him “to hire in a discriminatory fashion based on race, gender, and political associations.”
He warned the board that he would resign rather than carry out such policies.
Harris said the events of the Nov. 8 meeting were “so outrageous, shocking, and troubling” that he sought legal advice, including from the board’s counsel, Keturah Harley. (read more)
Community Relations Service Anniversary – August 25, 2009 – Attorney General Eric Holder delivers addresses at the 45th Anniversary Celebration of the Community Relations Service (CRS) event for Community Relation Service Director Ondray Harris.
Here is a speech delivered by Mr. Ondray Harris in 2009
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. His signature created the Community Relations Service to be the Nation’s
peacemaker during a time of racial tension, violence, and strife. A unique task for sure, we are still the only federal agency charged with this great mission. Seeking to heal the wounds of discrimination, bigotry, and racial bias, the Civil Rights Act was an important
step in the fight to unite our country. After signing the Act into law, President Johnson said, “We have come now to a time of testing. We must not fail. Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences to make our Nation whole.”