Target: The Advance newspaper
Goal: Reprimand local newspaper for racist remarks about Muslims
A Georgia newspaper recently published an article that contained racist and inflammatory statements about Muslims.
The Georgia local newspaper The Advance released an article written about the current situation in the Middle East. The author, Gerry Allen, also wrote about United States foreign policy in the Middle East. A controversial topic, the article relies heavily on negative stereotypes about Muslims to prove Allen’s points.
The article refers to individuals living in the Middle East as “backward,” indicating that those who choose to follow Islam instead of Christianity are of less intelligence, and negatively refers to President Obama as a Muslim. Additionally, the article claims that forcing all Muslims to move back to the Middle East would be the easiest solution to the conflicts between the United States and the Middle East, calling them to go back to their “native land.”
These types of statements are harmful and ignorant. Allen’s article indicates that Muslims and practicers of Islam are lesser individuals who don’t deserve the same rights that United States citizens do because of their beliefs and cultural backgrounds. Islamophobia runs rampant in the United States, and ignorant articles such as this one only perpetuate false stereotypes and beliefs.
By signing the petition below you will be asking The Advance to revoke the comments made in the article by coming out in support of Muslims.
Dear The Advance,
Islamophobia is a very serious issue currently in the United States. Many Muslim individuals face much hatred on a daily basis due to false stereotypes and racist beliefs. The article you recently published about the Middle East perpetuates these prejudice ideas and allows for believed justification of hateful actions.
I am writing you to ask you to revoke the harmful statements that were made in the article, and to ensure that similar problematic pieces don’t get published in the future. If your newspaper chooses to continue to publish articles that demonize specific peoples, cultures, or religions in the editorial section, you should be sure to simultaneously publish clarification that those points do not represent the beliefs of the newspaper or all of those who work for the newspaper.
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