Racial Justice

410 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran, Ross Spano

Exonerate the Groveland Four

In 1949, a 17-year-old white woman named Norma Padgett, falsely accused four young black men in Groveland, Florida of raping her. All four men are now dead, their lives destroyed by these false allegations, but their families hope clear their names posthumously. Within days of the accusation, one of the young men, Ernest Thomas, was hunted down and killed by a white mob. I reached out to one of the daughters of these men to see how I could help and I learned that neither of these four boys were in the vicinity of the crime and they didn’t even know each other. And in 2012, an FBI document surfaced which included an interview with the doctor who examined Padgett and found he could not confirm a rape had ever occurred. I learned about “The Groveland Four,” Ernest Thomas, Charles Greenlee, Samuel Shepherd, and Walter Irvin, in my American history class this year. As a Florida native, I couldn’t believe how shocking the story was. In a book about the case, I read that neighbors who saw Padgett after the alleged attack said she was neither disheveled nor panicked and didn’t believe she was raped, but refused to testify for the defense. “Wouldn’t do to be called nigger lover,” one said. The remaining three men were convicted and two of them, Shepherd and Irvin, were shot by a sheriff in 1951, who claimed they tried to escape. Shepherd was killed in the shooting and Irvin seriously injured. The 1950’s were a time of intense racial violence and prejudice, “Brown vs. the Board of Education” required the desegregation of schools and tens of thousands of protesters marched to enforce their right to integration. The backlash against black people was intensified, especially in the South. The Groveland case was swept under the rug by all those involved and the state of Florida; many residents of Florida are not even aware that this happened. The families of these men lost their sons, brothers, and fathers and we can’t bring them back, but we can give them some peace of mind by having these men exonerated for a crime they clearly did not commit. Please help right this wrong by calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott to exonerate the Groveland Four.

Josh Venkataraman
9,091 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to YouTube , Youtube, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai


The misogynistic and racist vitriol spewed daily by the terrorist, Thomas Jerome Harris aka Tommy Sotomayor, in his YouTube videos and on his various YouTube channels, has created incalculable amounts of emotional, psychological and physical harm against black women and girls. He is an irresponsible malicious, perpetrator of misogynistic and racist hatred and spreads negative and degrading messages, imagery, views and stereotypes about black women on a daily, regular and consistent basis. He has raked in a large sum of cash as a result and Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. should be ashamed of itself, as a respectable corporate entity, to profit from the pain that he continues to cause others. We therefore want decisive action to be taken and for all of his channels to be removed from YouTube.We, the undersigned, hold Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. as well as YouTube and its advertisers, responsible for providing a platform for this terrorist and his insanity, to be spread around the world, which serves to purposely denigrate and demean black women and girls and black people in general. These corporate entities are, in fact, creating emotional and psychological harm against black women and girls by allowing his cesspool of violent and reprehensible diatribes to continue, unchecked, on their internet channels. His video content has escalated out of control and has now lead to threats of physical violence by him on the street toward black women. It is primarily because you, as a corporate body, have allowed him to say whatever he wants to say, no matter how hate filled and violent, on your platform. If this insanity is allowed to continue, someone eventually will be harmed or killed. Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc. will have their hand in this as they are the ones who have allowed his disgusting verbiage to continue for so long.We therefore demand that ALL of his videos be removed from your video platforms, immediately. We as concerned citizens, understand how important freedom of speech is in a free society. However, we also understand the consistent dehumanization, spread by this psychopath, results in creating and sustaining violence against black women and girls and serves to justify that a sustained level of violence be perpetrated against them as a terrorist threat. We would like to believe that this is not the intention of this platform's use. We look to the executives of Google Inc. and YouTube to become aware of the negative climate they themselves continue to create, by providing a vehicle for years, for Tommy Sotomayor, to spread his sexist, racist, hate filled, violent, psychotic, misogynistic, angry, anti-black woman rants and we hold you responsible. We therefore demand that you take immediate action and remove all of his videos forthwith. 

Misogyny Exposed
11,127 supporters