Target: President of Arkansas Family Council, Jerry Cox
Goal: Demand that Arkansas Family Council remove racist anti-medical marijuana ad.
Arkansas Family Council is currently running a racist anti-medical marijuana ad depicting the one African American in the ad as a criminal drug dealer behind a table full of guns. Issue 5, which would grant prescribed patients safe access to medical marijuana and permit the creation of licensed dispensaries, is on the Arkansas state ballot this November. Please sign this petition and demand that Arkansas Family Council remove their racist, biased, and factually unfounded ad.
Arkansas Family Council is part of a nationwide network of State Family Policy Councils promoting, protecting, and strengthening “traditional family values.” Their conservative platform rests upon the staples: pro-life, pro-marriage between a man and a woman, and pro-family. According to the Council’s Policy Brief posted on their website, they are opposing the initiative because “marijuana damages the lives of youth and adults every day. Marijuana use can tear apart families and pose a threat to thriving cities.”
The Council’s President, Jerry Cox, is on a mission to crush the initiative stating, “our plan to defeat this marijuana measure is simple: we’re launching a grassroots campaign that will take flyers and information to churches and individuals on the local community level and we’re buying television airtime.” The purchased television ad uses arguments like, “The grass growers and dope dealers will be in charge” while depicting the only African American in the ad weighing out marijuana amongst a variety of guns. The ad also states, “Arkansas doesn’t need a state filled with stoned-out zombies or the criminal activities that come from legalizing controlled substances.”
Despite the ad’s lack of information or facts, it is legal and unfortunately acceptable to air biased opinion wrapped up as the truth. However, portraying an African American male as a stereotypical gangster and drug dealer complete with guns is unethical and misleading to voters. Please sign this petition to demand that Arkansas Family Council remove their racist ad opposing Issue 5.
Dear Mr. Cox,
The recent ad by Arkansas Family Council in opposition to the state’s medical marijuana initiative is racist against African American men and must be taken off the air. Issue 5, which would provide safe access to medical marijuana for patients with a prescription for health conditions like cancer, glaucoma, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDs, Alzheimer’s disease, and several other conditions, is about pain management, not “dope dealers” as depicted in your ad. It is unfair, biased, and racist for the ad to only feature one African American, and for that African American man to be depicted as a drug dealing gangster, complete with guns and a seedy basement background.
This misleading and uninformed portrayal of African American culture and medical marijuana community is propaganda. You are doing a disservice to Arkansas voters as well as your Arkansas Family Council by running such a slanderous and false ad. If you believe in your cause and feel strongly about opposing medical marijuana, fight the initiative with facts, expert opinion, testimonials, and other tangible evidence on which the argument can stand. Do not stoop to insults, degradation, and stereotyping a race, culture, and community to scare voters into voting your way.
According to your website, Arkansas Family Council provides a “biblical perspective” on legislative issues in Arkansas. I think you should revisit the core purpose of your mission and ask yourself if you are carrying out that mission with the biblical perspective to which you claim to be adhering.
[Your Name Here]
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