Black woman working in State dept. resigns over Trump’s response to racial injustice

Mary Elizabeth Taylor, a black woman working in the Trump administration’s state department has resigned.

Mary Elizabeth Taylor wrote “The President’s comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions.”

Per Joyce Karam:

Highest Resignation in Trump admin. over handling of + Racism

• Mary Elizabeth Taylor
• A. Sec. of state for legislative affairs
• Previously aide to Mitch McConnell
• Also worked at White House
• Unimamously confirmed in Oct. 2018

Business Insider reports a senior State Department official resigned Thursday in light of President Donald Trump’s response to racial injustice, The Washington Post reported.

Mary Elizabeth Taylor had served as assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs since Trump assumed office in January 2017. She was one of the highest-ranking Black officials in the Trump administration.

Taylor submitted her resignation letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, writing that her departure followed the “dictates of my conscience.”

“Moments of upheaval can change you, shift the trajectory of your life, and mold your character,” Taylor wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Post. “The President’s comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions.”

Taylor went on to say she was “deeply grateful” to Pompeo for “empowering me to lead this team and strategically advise you over these last two years.”

“You have shown grace and respect in listening to my opinions, and your remarkable leadership has made me a better leader and team member,” she wrote in the letter. “I appreciate that you understand my strong loyalty to my personal convictions and values, particularly in light of recent events.”

Taylor’s resignation appears to be the first high-profile departure prompted by Trump’s response to demands to address police reform and racial inequality.

Black Lives Matter protests have erupted across the country since the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes.

While Trump called Floyd’s death a “grave tragedy,” the president has also name-dropped Floyd when touting the recovering economy and condemned protesters and their calls to defund police departments.