During his last full day in office, Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, sparked outrage after tweeting that multiculturalism is not "who America is." The tweet sparked criticism from both lawmakers and political advocacy groups.
Pompeo wrote: "Woke-ism, multiculturalism, all the -isms — they're not who America is. They distort our glorious founding and what this country is all about. Our enemies stoke these divisions because they know they make us weaker."
The latest census data reported that 76 percent of US citizens were White, 13 percent Black and 18 percent Hispanic.
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The bureau also reported that one in four Americans identify with a non-White race or ethnicity, suggesting that the 2020 census will show a large decline in the percentage of White Americans.
J Street, a liberal Jewish group, responded: "This attack on multiculturalism is a pure distillation of the Trump administration's exclusionary, bigoted policies at home and abroad. Good riddance to Pompeo and his disastrous tenure as Secretary."
California Congressman Ted Lieu slammed Pompeo for the tweet, writing that it was hypocritical because the secretary often boasts of his Italian heritage.
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"Dear @SecPompeo: You described your dad as a proud Italian-American. You attended the Sons of Italy’s 2019 Ambassadors Ball. You practice multiculturalism yourself," Lieu wrote. "So either you are a hypocrite, or you believe you are stoking divisions by being multicultural."
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy responded to the tweet, writing: "It's stunning to hear him say it, but at least he's not hiding it."
Pompeo has been vocal about culture in America, sparking outrage after repeatedly criticizing New York Times' 1619 project, which documents the country's history of slavery.
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The tweet came just a day before Kamala Harris, the first Black and Indian American to be vice president, was to be inaugurated into office.
"If you’re the worst Secretary of State in history, what do you do on your last day? Attack *multiculturalism*. Nothing more diplomatic than a man who hates other cultures," Assal Rad, a senior researcher at the National Iranian American Council, wrote.
Sources: Middle East Eye