Retract Racist Diatribe, Apologize and Stop Printing Hate Speech
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The protest was vibrant, well-attended and well-covered in the media. Giles Morris did issue an apology, but it was vaguely worded, did not address the real problem and made no commitment to stop providing an anonymous platform for hate speech.
"He refused to answer our questions and basically just blew us off," said Dierdre Gilmore, a community organizer with the Public Housing Association of Residents in Cville.
So the struggle continues, the petition is back open and we'll be meeting to develop our other strategies to end this platform for anonymous, cowardly hate speech! Keep the signatures coming!
In the same edition that announced the Trayvon Martin verdict, Cville Weekly printed the following racist diatribe in their "rant" section. (Trigger Warning Disgusting Racist Hate Speech)
"To all you black motherf#$%ers running up here to the Charlottesville restaurants looking for free food, we wouldn't be known as a restaurant, we would be know as a food bank. So, from now on when you bring your black ass into a restaurant in Charlottesville and want free food, carry your asses to a food bank. Thank you."
This clearly crosses the line from free speech into hate speech - the kind of hate speech that dehumanizes people, emboldens the worst of the racist extremists and contributes to violent hate crimes. It is irresponsible of Cville Weekly to print this. We demand that Cville retract the diatribe, issue an apology to the African-American community of Charlottesville and agree to stop printing hate speech in the future.
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