Dear Roger Ailes,
I was outraged to learn about Fox News' aggressive use of
irresponsible language and racist stereotypes in coverage of Senator
Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. From E.D Hill's
"terrorist fist jab" comment to demeaning Mrs.
Obama's role as wife and mother by demoting her to
"Obama's baby mama," Fox continues to malign the
progress, politics and personalities of Black America.
Fox has developed a pattern of airing racially offensive attacks, then
apologizing only after controversy erupts. Forced, half-hearted
apologies do not demonstrate good faith when the larger pattern of
offensive rhetoric continues. Fox has a serious problem with using
race as a divisive tool. Your network must find a solution to address
racial stereotyping and hate-mongering before it hits the airwaves.
What new changes will Fox News make to ensure the integrity of its
coverage? This is a question you should be able to answer immediately.
Throughout this election campaign, and beyond, I intend
to hold you, your network, its advertisers and personalities
accountable for any further attempts to undermine the Obamas, Black
institutions and other Black Americans by preying on prejudice,
ignorance and racial division.