Denying Racism

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Dear Editor, Last Friday, President Obama reminded the country how personal Trayvon Martin's death feels to any parent of a Black child. He said, “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”1 There is no doubt that Trayvon — a 17-year-old boy armed only with Skittles and iced tea — was considered “suspicious” and subsequently killed because of the color of his skin. But many on the right — including presidential candidates Rick Santorum2 and Newt Gingrich3 — want to avoid acknowledging t
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    Dear Editor, Last Friday, President Obama reminded the country howpersonal Trayvon Martin's death feels to any parent of aBlack child. He said, “You know, if I had a son, he’dlook like Trayvon.” 1  There is no doubt that Trayvon  —  a 17-year-old boyarmed only with Skittles and iced tea  —  was considered “suspicious” and subsequently killed b ecause of the colorof his skin. But many on the right  —  includingpresidential candidates Rick Santorum 2 and NewtGingrich 3    —  want to avoid acknowledging the clearrole that race and stereotypes played in this case.   Instead, they’re attacking the Presiden t for telling the truth, and they’re trying to push race out of the picture. We have reached a critical moment. Americans of allwalks of life are talking openly and honestly about racialprofiling, targeting and the dehumanization of Black boys and men. We can’t stand by while politicians who claim to want to lead all Americans play dumb and deny the racial realities surrounding Trayvon’s death.  Please join us in calling on the Republican National Committee  —  which leads the party andcoordinates the GOP ’s election strategy —  to withhold its support from any candidate who usesTrayvon Martin's killing to divide Americans and distort honest conversations about race forpolitical gain. If the RNC refuses, it will send a clear message about the GOP's willingness tolead on the most critical issues facing all Americans. Click here to take action, and please ask your friends and family to do the same:http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/trayvon_gop  Trayvon’s death had everything to do with what he looked like. But some conservatives aredetermined to deny the reality of racial prejudice in America and the mortal threat itposes.   It’s no great surprise that right -wing radio host Rus h Limbaugh responded to President Obama’scomments last week by saying, “It is the least important thing, what the kid looks like. 4 But Americans have reason to expect better from the GOP’s presidential candidates, men who claim to be able to represent all of us. Rick Santorum accused the President of trying to “drive a wedge in America.” 5 Newt Gingrich lashed out with: “What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of whothat young man looked like.” 6     These men deny that raceplayed a role in the killing ofTrayvon Martin.   Please join us in calling onthe Republican NationalCommittee to tell them, 'Notthis time':    The Republican National Committee, chaired by Reince Priebus, has the power to reign incynical, dishonest comments like these. The RNC develops and promotes the Republicanpolitical platform and coordinates its fundraising and election strategy. Please join us in calling on the RNC to withhold its support from any GOP candidate whoresponds to Trayvon Martin's killing by sweeping its race-related realities under the rug. If the RNC refuses, it will send a clear message about the party's willingness to lead on the mostcritical issues facing Americans. And when you sign, please ask your friends and family to dothe same.http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/trayvon_gop Thanks and Peace,-- Rashad, Gabriel, Dani, Matt, Natasha, Kim and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org teamMarch 29th, 2012 Help support our work. ColorOfChange.org is powered by YOU  —  your energy and dollars. Wetake no money from lobbyists or large corporations that don't share our values, and our tiny staff ensures your contributions go a long way. You can contribute here:http://www.colorofchange.org/donate References1. Obama Speaks Out on Trayvon Martin Killing, The New York Times, 03-23-12http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1253?akid=2398.465230.sTpKAl&t=7 2. Plouffe calls out GOP candidates over Obama reaction, CNN.com, 03-25-12http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1248?akid=2398.465230.sTpKAl&t=9 3. Newt Gingrich: Obama's Trayvon Martin Statement 'Disgraceful', Huffington Post, 03-23-12http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1249?akid=2398.465230.sTpKAl&t=11 4. Rush Limbaugh hits Obama: Trayvon Martin not a race case, Politico, 03-26-12http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1250?akid=2398.465230.sTpKAl&t=13 5. See reference 26. See reference 3You can unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time. 
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