A small group of people, many of them associated with the Voice of Arcadia page on Facebook, had been quick to accuse large swathes of the population of Arcadia of racism for the crime of not venerating Mr. Tay quite as much as they do. Those so slandered include people in the media, city government, or even anyone having the temerity to identify themselves as being born in the United States. So toxic had this madness become that Sho Tay, in an article printed by the Pasadena Star News over the weekend ("Racism, campaign fraud accusations slung in Arcadia" link), felt the need to set the record straight. This was how the reporter from the Star News spelled that out:
"Tay said Friday that he has told his Asian supporters that he does not believe the criticisms he has faced are racially motivated but understands why they think that way, given that Tay is the only Asian council member in a city that is more than 59 percent Asian ... “I want the community to get along,” Tay said. “A harmonious community makes things go great — it can even make the crime rate go down when neighbors get to know each other ... I still want everyone to work together.”
This was very good news, and received positively by many of the people I had spoken to about the article. As I said on Monday (link), "In that Star News passage Sho Tay is right on the money. His statement there is moderate, fair, and worthy of commendation."
There was a fly in the ointment, however. It was discovered by a reader of this site that Sho Tay was one of a handful of admins (Facebook word for supervisors) for the source of much of the poison being leached into the community. That being Voice of Arcadia.
This appeared to the reader who had sent me the above screenshot as hypocrisy on Sho's part, and that his words of community healing in the Pasadena Star News meant very little because of that.
That was on Monday, which is when we first posted this information. By Tuesday Sho Tay apparently was no longer an admin, or even a member of, Voice of Arcadia. Here is a new screenshot where the admins of that site are listed.
As you can easily see, Sho Tay's name is no longer found there.
I guess you could call that putting your money where your mouth is, right? It seems Sho Tay had taken the criticism posted here to heart, and within a single day resigned his admin post at Voice of Arcadia.
Perhaps those individuals who are posting such terrible things about a significant portion of the population of Arcadia on that site will soon begin to realize that the person on whose behalf they claim to be speaking is no longer there with them.