It never fails.
I’ve pointed out that Kamala Harris had a history of covering up sexual harassment. So did a number of other top Democrat feminists. Like most forms of leftism, identity politics offers the power to commit the abuses it claims to fight. Why should the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Museum be any different?
Nancy Yao has been named the founding director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, effective June 5.
“I am humbled and elated to join the Smithsonian as the founding director of the American Women’s History Museum,” Yao said. “Creating voice for the stories of American women will take intentional conversations, creative inputs and energetic curation.”
Also allegedly covering up sexual harassment by firing the accusers.
In the year and a half before Yao’s selection, the history and culture institution where she served as president — the Museum of Chinese in America, commonly known as MOCA — has settled three wrongful termination lawsuits stemming from alleged incidents during her tenure.
The lawsuits were filed by former employees who said they were fired in retaliation for reporting alleged sexual harassment on behalf of young female staffers at the museum. The two men who were accused internally of harassment kept their jobs; one was later promoted by Yao…
Accusations aren’t proof, but a pattern of accusations does strongly indicate either a coordinated effort or that something was going on there.
And so does lying about it.
In her text message to The Post, Yao blamed the firings of the three employees who filed lawsuits on “severe budget pressures.” However, Yao gave MOCA staffers a different reason for the first dismissal, in 2019, of a popular program director, Joyce Huang, who was let go two days after she made a sexual harassment complaint on behalf of a 20-year-old intern, according to Huang’s lawsuit and The Post’s interviews with former staffers.
In a meeting the day Huang was fired, Yao told staffers that the termination “has nothing to do with our financial standing. We’re doing really, really well,” according to an audio recording of the meeting provided to The Post by a former staffer.
The intern — who worked in visitor services, a job that included staffing the front desk — also recounted allegedly receiving numerous “creepy messages” from Duong and being offended when Duong and Geronimo made suggestive remarks about her mother, who’d just visited her at the museum.
One text message allegedly sent by Duong to a 20-year-old intern said, “if I was teenage boy I’d sent you a naked pic already,” according to two of the lawsuits and a screenshot reviewed by The Post.
Sexual harassment and grammar harassment.
The Smithsonian pretty clearly knew about this and didn’t care. Now that the accusations are more high profile, Yao may be booted. Or not.
It doesn’t really matter.
What does matter is that a Republican Congress and administration failed to check the constant expansion of the Smithsonian which keeps spinning off woke copies of itself. Each one even more dedicated to leftist indoctrination. The Smithsonian was created by a socialist congressman, and Republicans have failed to check it just as they’ve failed to check the NEA. Maybe it’s time to put a stop to it before it spins off the Smithsonian Transgender American History Museum.