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Denying Racism

Denying Racism

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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.”
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 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
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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."
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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.”
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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.”
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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':
 

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