Message to FOX: Stop promoting racism!

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Via Media Matters for America:

Yesterday, John Stossel took to the air on Fox News to defend the right to discriminate based on race. Yes, you just read that correctly. On Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show, Fox News employee John Stossel said:

“Private businesses ought to get to discriminate. And I won’t 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.”

Stossel is only the latest in a long line of Fox News personalities to divide America along racial lines, and it needs to stop. We need to send a message loud and clear — first to Fox, and if it’s unwilling to listen, to the sponsors who support it:

Enough is enough: Stop promoting racism on your network.

But Stossel didn’t just argue for the right to discriminate. He went a step further, suggesting the “public accommodations” section of the Civil Rights Act should be repealed, thus allowing businesses to practice racial discrimination. This is the section of the law that prohibits a lunch counter from refusing to serve African-Americans — a practice which was commonplace when the law was passed.

Tea Party Leader Suggested Shooting Hispanics

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He was married to a Hispanic woman and is being sought by the police. Via TPM:

Police are searching for a local Tea Party leader in Ohio who is wanted for violating a temporary protection order. Meanwhile, speakers at a Tea Party rally organized by the man, Brian “Sonny” Thomas, have pulled out after he suggested in a tweet that he wanted to shoot Hispanic immigrants — then blaming it on a Bee Gees song.

Thomas is the founder and president of the Springboro Tea Party in southwest Ohio. He faces a misdemeanor charge after recently going to the home of the mother of his son, in violation of a protection order. The woman had previously told police that their son had returned from Thomas’s home with bruises.

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Gaby, Carlos, Juan and Felipe in the Land of the KKK

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Trail 2010

L to R: Carlos Roa, 22; Juan Rodriguez, 20; Gaby Pacheco, 25 and Felipe Matos, 23.

From an email from Presente.org:

Last month, we told you the story of four young immigrants walking 1,500 miles, from Miami to Washington, D.C, to demand solutions to our country’s failed immigration system.1

KKK Rally in Nahunta, GA

After walking 600 miles, Gaby, Carlos, Juan and Felipe are now entering hostile territory in the Deep South. Last weekend they encountered an anti-immigrant rally led by the Ku Klux Klan.2 And this week they will enter Gwinnett County, Georgia — home of Sheriff R.L. “Butch” Conway, who is notorious for his anti-immigrant policies.3 According to Georgia immigrant rights leader, Adelina Nicholls:

“Sheriff Conway is one of the most dangerous figures in Georgia, who has turned Gwinett County into a place of fear, racial profiling, arrest, and deportation.”

Now more than ever, as they come face-to-face with anti-immigrant sentiment, the walkers need our support. Our voices can give them strength. Please let the walkers know you are with them by clicking below and ask your friends and family to do the same. It takes just a moment:

http://trail2010.org/action/?mid=2131-97642

By clicking the link above you’ll sign on to the following statement: “I stand with the walkers as they call for solutions to our country’s failed immigration system.”

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Not Worth Repeating

”I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way. I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.”

—Justice of the peace Keith Bardwell, on why he declined to marry interracial couple somewhere in Louisiana.

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