Last Saturday, we emailed to ask for your help in holding FOX News accountable given the remarks of John Stossel, FOX commentator and business anchor, who called for a central provision of the Civil Rights Act to be repealed. He says that businesses should be able to discriminate based on race. More than 50,000 ColorOfChange members stood up, which is amazing. But we need more. We’re trying to reach 100,000, at which point we’ll confront FOX. Please take a moment to add your voice and ask your friends and family to do the same. It takes only a moment.
Thanks and Peace,
— James, Gabriel, Dani, William, Milton, and the rest of the ColorOfChange team
May 26th, 2010
A week ago today, 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 Paul and his supporters don’t seem to care that without federal intervention, Black people might still be second-class citizens in many aspects of American life: where we eat, where we work, even where we live.
The next day, FOX anchor John Stossel went even further, calling for the section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that applies to business to be repealed.2 And he’s refused to back down.
While Paul may have started this outrage, he can be taken care of at the ballot box — FOX News can’t.
Stossel’s position is an affront to Black America and everyone in this country who believes in racial progress. It’s one thing to be a candidate with backwards views. It’s another to be employed by a supposed news network and to use that platform to push hateful ideas that our nation repudiated decades ago.
FOX has a history of providing a platform for bigoted views and race-baiting. Most recently you helped us hold FOX accountable by stripping Glenn Beck of more than 100 of his advertisers, after Beck called President Obama a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”3
But Stossel has arguably gone beyond Beck, echoing segregationist arguments from the Jim Crow era:
“It’s time now to repeal that part of the law because private businesses ought to get to discriminate. And I won’t ever go to a place that’s racist and I will tell everybody else not to and I’ll speak against them. But it should be their right to be racist.”
It’s time for FOX News to make a choice. Are they going to give Stossel a platform to revive dangerously outdated perspectives? Or will they move with the rest of the nation into the 21st century? Please call on FOX News to fire John Stossel. And once you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same:
Thanks and Peace,
— James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Milton and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
May 22nd, 2010
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