7 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to Jamie Wilson, Denton Independent School District

Denton Independent School District must do more.

Eric Hauser self-published a children’s book that has MANY references to the alt-right, white nationalists, and white supremacy. The book is titled, “The Adventures of Pepe and Pede”. Pepe the frog is a meme that the alt-right coopted. In the book Pepe and Pede are trying to bring law and order to “Wishington Farm” by defeating a bearded Alligator named “Alkah”.   Here are some quotes directly from the book,   Inside cover page: “This book is dedicated to my fellow centipedes. May we never tire of winning” Page 5: “They ascended Kek Cliff onto Patriots Plateau….” Page 6: “Not a blossom in sight for the last eight years. But now it was starting to grow.” Page 9: “And it’s not just Alkah, it’s his minions too, and they are overtaking our land..”   The use of the title centipede, or “Pede” was adopted as a name for Trump supporters, especially from within r/The_Donald, it originated in a video that compared Trump to centipedes. Pepe the Frog-  Pepe has been so thoroughly co-opted into an icon of the cyber Trump empire that Trump himself retweeted a Pepe meme. The Anti-Defamation League officially lists Pepe as a hate symbol. Kek- Kek was adopted as a word of praise by white supremacists. “Kek, in the alt-right’s telling, is the “deity” of the semi-ironic “religion” the white nationalist movement has created for itself online – partly for amusement, as a way to troll liberals and self-righteous conservatives both, and to make a kind of political point. He is a god of chaos and darkness.” More here à   This book is a piece of alt-right propaganda marketed towards children. There is proof that Hauser knew what he was writing, when he wrote it. He also blatantly lied and said he knew that Pepe was a conservative meme but he didn’t know Pepe was affiliated with the alt-right – which is a complete and utter fabrication. He knew, he dedicated the book to his fellow centipedes, his characters are alt-right mascots, and his villain is obviously supposed to symbolize “Allah”. Even the district spokesperson couldn’t do their research and said, “He wasn’t aware of the character’s affiliation” Hauser has been “reassigned” thanks to Andy Boyd and everyone that signed his original petition ( ) and will no longer act as assistant principal, but that is not enough. Eric T. Hauser needs to be fired- and we shouldn’t stop fighting until that becomes the reality. Thank you for signing the petition. <3

Kat Ralph
328 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to HBO, David Benioff, DB Weiss, Casey Bloys, Malcolm Spellman

Cancel HBO's "Confederate" in light of violence in Charlottesville, VA

In light of the racial violence in Charlottesville, VA, we call on HBO, and producers David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Malcolm Spellman, and Casey Bloys to cancel their planned series "Confederate." "Confederate" is a drama that "imagines a modern-day Confederacy with an intact slavery industry." (Hollywood Reporter, 8/10/2017) While, officially, the Confederacy ended when the Civil War ended, in practice, the Confederacy is still alive and well. Even more disturbingly, the slave industry never truly ended. We do not need to "imagine an intact slavery industry." We need only look around us. "Confederate" would not be an imagining of what would have happened if the Confederacy had won; "Confederate" would be a fictionalized documentary of current events in the United States of America—a documentary that is at once unnecessary and at worst deeply hurtful to Black Americans. As the distribution company of the powerful, racially-integrated shows "The Wire" and "Oz," we believe that HBO recognizes the importance of showing reality while not exacerbating or condoning dystopian tendencies. Based on the description of "Confederate," we believe that "Confederate" would in fact condone the dystopian view of slavery and the oppression of Black Americans—going so far as, in the minds of white nationalists, to state that Lincoln was wrong in reuniting the North and South. You may think that "Confederate" is needed now more than ever, to show the harm of oppression, to humanize people of color, to do your part to create a "post-racial" society. We believe that "Confederate" would have the opposite effects. "Confederate" runs the risk of affirming the backward, violent beliefs of white nationalists and triggers the psychic (and physical) trauma experienced by so many Black Americans on a daily basis. The powerful Netflix documentary "13th" highlights the persistence of slave culture in the United States in spite of the passing of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in the form of the prison-industrial complex and systemic racism. We do not need to "imagine an intact slavery industry." We need only look around us. And Black Americans need only wake up every morning. On August 11th, 2017, white nationalists rallied on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The white nationalists carried torches and chanted, "You will not replace us." The Confederacy is still alive and well. We need only look around us. On August 12th, 2017, counterprotesters gathered in Charlottesville, VA, to confront white nationalists' "Unite the Right" rally. Clashes broke out, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency. A few hours later, a Dodge Challenger intentionally drove into a crowd of counterprotesters on a street of downtown Charlottesville. A 32-year-old woman was killed, and 19 others were injured—including 5 people in critical condition as of the writing of this petition on Sunday, August 13th, 2017. The confederacy is still alive and well. We need only look around us. It was lazy imagining before the violence in Charlottesville to consider producing a show such as "Confederate." After the racial violence in Charlottesville, it is unethical, immoral, and simply unconscionable to continue the production of "Confederate." We, the signers of this petition, cannot imagine that the producers of "Game of Thrones," in addition to "The Wire," "Oz," "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "Westworld," "Deadwood," and others would lack the imagination to come up with a new show that doesn't rely on highlighting the continuing, perpetual oppression of Blacks. The Confederacy is still alive and well. We do not need to "imagine an intact slavery industry." We need only look around us. And Black Americans need only wake up every morning. We call on HBO and the producers of "Confederate" to wake up to these realities and cancel "Confederate" immediately.

Kelly Eckert
8,253 supporters