Petition to Netflix, BBC
Netflix / BBC apologize to Greeks
Troy: The Fall of a City ignores the history and mythology of Ancient Greece. Greek-American and Netflix leader Ted Sarandos should apologize to the Greek community for this project. In this miniseries, there are no Greek actors, writers, or directors involved. The actors are from the U.K. and Africa. This is a slap in the face to Greeks around the world. First, Hollywood insults Greece with Colin Farrell as Alexander and Brad Pitt as Achilles. Now, the BBC and Netflix want to continue this culturally insensitive trend.
Petition to Dr. McShepard-Ray
A School-wide Discussion on Cultural Equality & Understanding
Recently, I, Anyah Gilmore-Jones, have come to a realization that as students of MLK we celebrate diversity and we are proud of the fact that we are a school that has various different cultures and people from unique backgrounds. Due to the events that have occurred recently, pertaining racially offensive posts and some eye opening encounters I've had,I, along with some fellow classmates feel that a discussion on various topics about race and cultures should be initiated. Not only would this provide clarity, but continue to encourage the same safe, respectful, environment not only MLK encourages, but we, as Americans value so dear heartedly.
Petition to Wando High Administration, Charleston County School District
Change Wando High School's Mascot
Racism is racism, no matter what. And at Wando High School, racism is promoted everyday by the usage of a "warrior" mascot—clearly a Native American. The depiction of this Native man is not entirely cartoonish, like many sports teams or schools, but it in and of itself is racist. Why? In short, it's disrespectful. Using any race, including Native races, as a mascot is harmful. Seeing a stereotypical Black or Asian person used as a cartoon or mascot would be racist, so why not a Native person? Natives are not just demographics. They are people that white people stole from, raped and murdered for their own benefit years ago and pushed to reservations and manipulated today. They are people that white people have hurt, and are now dressing up as at high school football games. Native people find this use of their culture and depiction not as an honor, but as racist. It dehumanizes them. It equals them to a character, not a group of people. This is why it needs to stop. Young kids go to these football games or see the mascot and think it's normal, or that it's okay. It's not. It's racism. It's normalized. And it needs to come to an end.
Petition to Charles Coristine, Brooke Molinaroli, Lisa Harris, Jesse Dinius
Rename Buddha Bowl Popcorn and Reject Cultural Appropriation
More than 500 million people in the world practice Buddhism, and even more are curious about and learning about the ancient tradition that originated in Asia more than 2000 years ago. Practicing Buddhists respect and revere The Three Jewels--the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha--because these three gems are the foundation of Buddhist practice. So when companies like LesserEvil use important Buddhist symbols in naming products, marketing their products, and selling their products to the masses for the sake of publicity, they offend the multitudes of people who see these symbols as expressions of their faith, dedication, and practice. LesserEvil Healthy Brands Co. currently produces the Buddha Bowl, an organic popcorn product that comes in a variety of flavors. In addition to using the name that refers to an enlightened being, the product packaging also features a monk in a robe holding a bowl of popcorn. It is deeply disrespectful and discriminatory to use religious and spiritual symbols in creating and producing goods for for-profit companies that are wholly disconnected from the tradition. I care because I am a practicing Buddhist who connects deeply with the significance behind the title Buddha, the role and image of a monk or nun, and the importance of the Buddha's teachings to achieve peace in oneself and in the world. I am offended to see the Buddha's image used to sell snacks, just as I would be equally offended to see the image of Jesus Christ, God, or the Prophet Muhammad on the packaging of food or candy. But LesserEvil can make things right by changing the name of their product to something that does not appropriate and exploit the important images and symbols from this ancient tradition. There are numerous decision-makers at LesserEvil who can make this possible, including: The President and CEO - Charles CoristineVice President of Product Development - Lisa HarrisBrand and Marketing Consultant - Brooke MolinaroliMarketing Manager - Jesse Dinius Let us make LesserEvil aware that using the name Buddha and the image of a monk on its product is inappropriate, disrespectful, and inflammatory. They can right this wrong by changing the name of its product, and issuing an apology in acknowledgement.