It is very interesting how Councilman Dai Thao took us on an adventure that most of us never expected!
At first, in September 2021, he stated that the Mong Leng term “Moob” is not a standard word. He rallied the community to come together in November 2021 to try to tear down the use of “Moob” on the art stone at Phalen Lake. In December 2021, he tried to fool his fellow councilmembers and other non-Hmong by explaining the meaning of Moob in a very ridiculous way that it is not inclusive of both Mong Leng and Mong Der.
Mong Equality Committee (MEC) finally organized in February 2022 and issued their response to Councilman Dai Thao on their website and at a press conference. In early March 2022, the St. Paul Parks and Recs decided to not change the writing on the art stone, and Councilman Dai Thao attempted to claim the credit. He was called out on his failed attempt to suppress Mong Leng on March 5, 2022 at a press conference held by MEC. On March 9, 2022, he reached out to the MEC wanting to meet to issue a public apology. He led MEC on with various delay tactics and finally said that he no longer wants to meet with MEC at the end of March 2022.
Since Councilman Dai Thao shut the door on MEC, with no other choice, MEC decided to proceed with a demonstration in front of City Hall that was held on 4/12/2022. Now that Councilman Dai Thao is pushed back to a wall, he came back out swinging with claims of having been threatened and a few other outrageous claims of the City of St. Paul having misused funds for MEC to pursue some sort of nation-state formation. He indicated that the FBI and Attorney General’s Office will be requested to investigate.
What an adventure! Never thought that one of our very own public officials would do this to our community, but we must accept and acknowledge that our community is not as united as we would like non-Hmong to view us. Deeply rooted within our community is the disease of discrimination and bigotry. We could see these malicious derogatory comments surfacing lately with all of our social media posts.