We, the undersigned, ask that out of respect for the New Haven community, which is experiencing a great deal of grief as a result of the Trayvon Martin verdict, you cancel the Ted Nugent show scheduled for August 6th.
Some of the distasteful things that Mr. Nugent has said in the aftermath of the verdict are about Trayvon, a murdered child are:
• Trayvon Martin, was a “17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe."
• “Trayvon had no reason not to attack, because it was the standard thug thing to do.”
New Haven is a community coming together in the aftermath of the Trial of George Zimmerman. Actions across the city—from rallies to marches to discussions—have been attended by individuals of multiple races and ethnicities and we feel that Mr. Nugent, who has a right to express his opinion, is not someone who operates in the spirit that this city does.
We understand that you may consider this a First Amendment issue, and while Mr. Nugent has a right to his speech that right does not require that he do so here. As a small business owner in New Haven we ask that you support those of us bringing together community not the hate speech of Mr. Nugent.