Krzanich made the announcement Monday in an Intel blog post. He said his intention is to “call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing. Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.”
He wrote, “I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.”
Krzanich further noted, “Promoting American manufacturing should not be a political issue.”
Under Armour’s CEO Kevin Plank also announced that he was leaving the same council Krzanich served on as well.
The narrative of what happened over the weekend, when alt-right and nationalist organizations gathered to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, has turned into a scathing indictment of President Trump because he did not specifically blame the violence on “white supremacists.”
In comparison to the way President Obama refused to label terrorist acts as being carried out by Muslims, President Trump has been called out for not blaming the white people who were attacked by Black Lives Matter and Antifa counter-protesters who showed up with the sole purpose of inciting violence and creating chaos.
Trump has faced criticism over his early response to the violent protests last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. Trump on Monday specifically condemned “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis” in the wake of deadly weekend clashes in Charlottesville, vowing “justice will be delivered” to the perpetrators of that “racist violence.”
The forceful words used Monday were different from his comments made Saturday, when he condemned violence and hatred on “many sides.”
“There should be no hesitation in condemning hate speech or white supremacy by name.
#Intel asks all our countries leadership to do the same,” tweeted Krzanich.
There should be no hesitation in condemning hate speech or white supremacy by name. #Intel asks all our countries leadership to do the same
— Brian Krzanich (@bkrunner) August 14, 2017
I stand with others for equality and improving US competitiveness. Both require
improving in todays environment. https://t.co/RcjpGaFXBQ
— Brian Krzanich (@bkrunner) August 15, 2017
“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said.
Frazier did not specifically mention Trump’s statements about the deadly Charlottesville, Va., clashes but said he is taking a stand against intolerance as a “matter of personal conscience.”
“My request—my plea—to everyone involved in our political system is this: set scoring political points aside and focus on what is best for the nation as a whole. The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be,” Krzanich said.
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