Jeffrey Slavin, mayor of the town of Somerset in Maryland, has resigned from the prestigious Woodmont Country Club after some members were unwilling to invite soon-to-be former President Obama to join.
According to the Washington Post, a few members of the predominantly Jewish club were concerned over Obama’s recent decisions involving Israel. “He has created a situation in the world where Israel’s very existence is weakened and possibly threatened . . .” one member Faith Goldstein wrote in an email obtained by the Post. “He is not welcome at Woodmont. His admittance would create a storm that could destroy our club.”
Slavin was horrified by these attitudes, and threatened to lead a mass resignation if Obama was not invited. And today, Martin Luther King Day, Slavin did indeed resign, writing in his letter:
“I can no longer belong to a community:
Where Intolerance is accepted,
Where History is forgotten,
Where Freedom of Speech is denied,
And where the nation’s first black president is disrespected.”
Slavin signed his email “Thanks for many great memories,” a quote from the civil rights anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and then the words “Stay Woke.” What a hip dude.
Of course, Obama has not actually asked to be a member of the club (which has an $80,000 initiation fee and a $10,000 annual membership fee), but Slavin says that doesn’t matter and he wants the club to formerly extend the President an offer.
“Dr. Martin Luther King stated in 1963, ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy,’ ” Slavin told the Post. “I felt I couldn’t let this go on any longer.” [WP]