ADC advisory resignations, transparency and credibility: The Case of Rana Abbas
ADC resignations, transparency and credibility: The Case of Rana Abbas
A number of people associated with ADC (American Arab anti Discrimination Committee) in advisory board capacity in Detroit have submitted their resignation over the sexual harassment investigation involving Imad Hamad, Rashida Tlaib and Rana Abbas. This development has been deemed by Arab ethnic beat reporter Niraj Warikoo as news fit to print. On the bright side if this is "the news" in the Detroit Arab community then there is pretty much nothing happening there worth reporting on- which is definitely not the case.
But why look for real news if there is the easy out news of passable notice.
The excuse given by the quitters is “lack of transparency.”
Some of them have claimed that they want ADC to make the investigation report public.
ADC does not have to release an internal report. More likely than not those who agreed to be interviewed do not want their names and pictures in the media.
But that's not the end of the world as those who resigned claim it is.
There is a lot of already public information that can help with the transparency issue.
Sexual harassment claims, when there are no witnesses, are he said-she said issues. Since there are not third party witnesses it’s the word of one over the word of another.
If there is lack of credibility, if there are lies or exaggerations, then the harassment claim is dead.
Take Rana Abbas for example.
Rana Abbas claimed that she complained to ADC, ADC did nothing and that she left ADC basically disgusted with how a civil rights association would treat women like that.
Here are quotes from Niraj Warikoo’s interview with Abbas:
Abbas, who was well-known for her outspoken defense of the rights of Arab-Americans in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, said that when ADC failed to deal with Hamad, “that was when any belief or commitment I had to the organization completely disintegrated.”
Here is the press release that Rana Abbas herself drafted [got to admit she is a good writer] regarding her years with ADC and relationship with Imad:
ADC-MI Bids Farewell to Deputy Director Rana Abbas
You want transparency. Here is your transparency.
You be the judge.