Target: Mike Downey, Kankakee County, Illinois Sheriff
Goal: Issue public apology for offensive and racist social media post.
A sheriff’s office recently posted a racist and offensive meme to social media. The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office defended the social media post it issued, which sparked outrage because of its racist depiction of former President Obama as a suspicious character outside President Trump’s home. The image is of Obama holding binoculars, having scaled the outside of Trump Tower with Trump inside, and is a part of the sheriff’s office campaign to remind citizens to lock their doors by 9 p.m. and report suspicious activity.
Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey defended the post, saying that it is merely an attention-grabber using current events and celebrities. However, it clearly reinforces negative and false stereotypes by promoting the idea of a black man who appears to be attempting to break into a white man’s home. It is racist, unprofessional, and inappropriate behavior for law enforcement, and cannot be allowed to continue. Sign below to demand an apology for this blatant racism.
Dear Sheriff Downey,
The social media post released by the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, depicting former President Obama as an implied suspicious person or potential criminal outside of President Trump’s home, sends an offensive, racist, and inappropriate message. As law enforcement, you have a responsibility to set an example and uphold a high standard of behavior in your community, and this post indicates a failure to fulfill that responsibility.
Whether or not it was intended, this image reinforces negative and dangerous false stereotypes of black people as criminals that white people should fear. It is unprofessional and prejudiced, and this must be acknowledged. I urge you to issue an apology for this racist post.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos