Monday, May 24, 2010

Tell Fox News, "Stop Supporting 'White's Only' Restaurants and Swimming Pools"

"On Wednesday [´May 16] Rand Paul, the GOP’s US Senate candidate for Kentucky repeated his claim that a central piece of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was wrong, and that businesses should be free to discriminate against whomever they please.1 "  

John Stossel, a Fox News contributor and business anchor, said Thursday that a central piece of the Civil Rights Act should be repealed — the part that says businesses that serve the public can't discriminate on the basis of race. The Klu Klux Klan is back, but instead of white hoods and burning crosses, they're running for Senator from Kentucky and hosting talk shows on Fox News.

Before these Republican lunatics advocate that we backtrack on the civil rights gains of the last hundred and fifty years, they ought to remember that we fought the Civil War over these issues and the side espousing greater equality won.

Color of Change is advocating that we send the following letter below (or a letter of our own) to Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News.

(Parenthetically, Rupert Murdoch who also supported Hillary Clinton as she was running toward the presidency.  At the time, CBS news online reported:
The mating ritual of the unlikely allies has been under way for months. Clinton set political tongues to wagging last month by attending a Washington party celebrating the 10th anniversary of Fox News, the cable news channel owned by Murdoch.
Particularly given the recent news, I'm glad we were able to elect a Democratic Party President without making love to Rupert Murdoch.) 

Meanwhile, let's participate in the effort of Color of Change by visiting this website and automatedly sending the letter below.
Dear Rupert Murdoch,
I am calling on you to fire Fox Business anchor and Fox News contributor John Stossel. His use of your platform to call for the repeal of key parts of the Civil Rights Act are an insult to Black America and to all Americans who understand the history of racism in this country and have fought for racial progress.

Stossel's remarks fit into a troubling pattern of Fox News personalities spreading misinformation about the state of race in America, and the history of racism in this country. And it follows repeated instances of personalities disparaging Black history, leaders and institutions.

Mr. Murdoch, it's time for you to take responsibility and show America that your media company has no place for the values Mr. Stossel espouses, and show definitive, tangible commitment to reining in the proliferation of ignorance and hate on your network.  

Firing John Stossel would be an important first step.
I can't believe the Republicans are going to run a campaign in 2010 and 2012 based on a return to Jim Crow businesses practices. They're simply organizing to get the "I hate Blacks" vote out this November and again in 2012, to replace President Obama with someone who hates Blacks, will insult us and work to undo what progress we've made over the last 50 years.

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