Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Color of Change: Take a Stand

Thank you for calling out John McCain and Sarah Palin on their
race-baiting and fear-mongering. Unless we take a strong stand against
it, it will continue. We need as many Americans as possible--of every
race--demanding that it stop.

Can you take a moment and ask your friends and family to add their voices to
this call?

Below you'll find a brief letter you can send. Personalize it as you
wish or write your own, but please send it along right away. Also,
please only contact people who know you personally. Spam will hurt
the effort.


Dear Friend,

John McCain and Sarah Palin have stopped talking about the issues, and
have instead launched a strategy relying on fear-mongering, racial
divisions, and hate. The result is McCain/Palin supporters saying
"kill him!" "terrorist!" "traitor," and more, at rallies, with the
McCain campaign playing dumb in response.It's outrageous and it must

Together, we can show that Americans of all races won't stand for

I've signed onto ColorofChange's open-letter calling out McCain and
Palin. ColorOfChange.org will publish it this week, and as they've
shown in the past, when enough of us stand together, we can force the
mainstream media to amplify our message. Will you join us?


McCain-Palin rallies have started to look more like mob scenes than
political events. The candidates keep asking "who is the real Barack
Obama?" (a question that also kicks off almost every McCain television
ad).In response, supporters have yelled "terrorist!" and "traitor!"
And the venom goes beyond Obama--one McCain/Palin supporter shouted a
racial epithet at a Black member of a news crew, saying "sit down,

McCain and Palin are going down a dangerous path. Watching some of
their supporters being interviewed shows the kind of fear their
campaign is stoking and exploiting.McCain and Palin are clearly in the
driver's seat. They've personally made it a point to use "terrorist"
and "Obama" in the same sentence; they have surrogates repeatedly
refer to him by his middle-name;and they keep pushing the discredited
guilt-by-association smears that have long been debunked.

All of it plays on the much more sinister rumors in anonymous smear
emails which claim Obama is Muslim, anti-American, and is somehow
connected with terrorists. This strategy is powerful because Obama is
Black, and it's designed to make Obama's race a disadvantage without
appearing overtly racist.

As Americans of all stripes, we've seen how Barack Obama's historic
candidacy has moved our friends and family to have a more honest
conversation about race in this country. It's inspired a lot of people
to step out of their comfort zone and confront racism in their own
communities, with their friends, neighbors and families.

In the final days of this campaign, we can't let a desperate John
McCain and Sarah Palin drag us down. If enough of us act, we can
create a powerful story in the media about Black people and our allies
of all races standing together against race-baiting and fear-mongering
coming from the McCain/Palin campaign. But it will take a lot of us
speaking in unison.

Will you sign an open letter to McCain and Palin, telling them who you
are and why you won't let them move our country backward?
ColorofChange.org will publish the letter and make sure John McCain is
forced to respond.



Share This Article

Bookmark and Share

But Don't Jack My Genuis