Russell Simmons: Reinstate Dan Choi

Russell Simmons is the latest Hollywood Obama supporter to express frustration at the White House, this time over the honorable discharge of Lt. Dan Choi on Thursday under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Obama has vowed to repeal it, but it’s still in force until then.

Simmons writes, “Yesterday, was a sad day in America. One of our nation’s heroes was told he was not allowed to do his job of protecting our country because of his sexual orientation. Lt. Dan Choi honorably served this nation at war in Iraq and now, at great misfortune, has become a casualty of war that still rages in our homeland; the war for equal rights for all Americans. For the sake of your legacy and the legacy of one of our nation’s greatest attributes, its tolerance of diversity, Mr. President, it is now the time to put the security of our nation first over the intolerance of others and re-instate Lt. Choi to his National Guard duties.”

He was otherwise praiseworthy of Obama, noting the “dirty media tricks” including the whole Shirley Sherrod affair this week.

“Mr. President, the time has come for Barack Obama to be Barack Obama. When you know things are not right, we expect you to fix them. We have already lost Van Jones. We might lose Shirley Sherrod. Let us not lose Lt. Dan Choi.”

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