Target: Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre
Goal: Remove racist article outlining the criminal history of the black father of the child who fell into Harambe the gorilla’s enclosure.
The Daily Mail published a racist article about the father of the four-year-old who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, unfortunately resulting in the death of Harambe the gorilla. The article outlines the criminal history of the boy’s father, who was not present at the zoo at the time of the incident and just happens to be a black man.
The criminal history of a curious boy’s father has absolutely nothing to do with the unnecessary death of an innocent gorilla. The fault rests with the Cincinnati Zoo for failing to handle the situation differently, for failing to make the enclosure secure, and for imprisoning the animal in the first place. There have been many instances of young children falling into zoo exhibits that resulted in the death of the child or the animal, but the criminal history of those kids’ often white parents is never brought up.
Following the rash of police killings of young black men and black children, there has been a gross trend of publications bringing up the criminal history of the black parents. At the same time, this never seems to be done to the parents of typically white mass shooters. It’s clear that this is a racist pattern, and the fact that the Daily Mail is tainting such a tragedy with completely unnecessary racism is despicable.
Despite outrage, this article by the Daily Mail is still up. Sign our petition to demand that it be removed and replace with an apology by the Daily Mail editors for allowing such a racist article to be published in the first place.
Dear Mr. Dacre,
The Daily Mail recently published an article online outlining the criminal history of Deonne Dickerson, the father of the four-year-old boy who fell into Harambe the gorilla’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. This piece is completely unnecessary and blatantly racist. The father of the boy was not present at the time of the incident and had nothing to do with it at all. Why publish his criminal history?
Considering the clearly racist trend of publications outlining the criminal histories of the parents of black youth who are shot and killed by police, and considering the fact that this never seems to be done to white parents, this article is rubbish. You should be ashamed of allowing this article to remain on the website. It turns a terrible tragedy into a racist sideshow.
We demand that this article be removed from the Daily Mail website, the writer be punished, and an apology posted for allowing such vile racism to pollute this issue. Stop perpetuation the rampant anti-black racism that has been getting black people killed for generations.
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