Reprimand Writer for Racism


Target: Richard Cohen

Goal: Call out Cohen on recent article about politician Bill de Blasio’s family

In a recent piece published by the Washington Post, contributing writer and longtime staffer Richard Cohen went on at length about mayor-elect of New York Bill de Blasio’s ‘gag worthy’ family stating: “People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children.”

The article, which was meant to examine the split between moderate and conservative Republican primary voters, turned into a piece of writing that not only bashed and disrespected de Blasio, but also his wife who happens to be bisexual.

The editorial piece is not only racist and insensitive but it’s inaccurate. Cohen claims that Americans are still uneasy about interracial marriage but, in fact, an overwhelming 87% of Americans approve of interracial marriage, according to Gallup Polls. The fact that Cohen’s piece was approved, made it past the Washington Post’s editorial staff, and ended up in print is appalling. Cohen’s language not only perpetuates prejudiced views but implies that interracial marriages, families, and the children produced as a result of them are so disgusting that they induce Americans with ‘conventional views’ to vomit.

This is simply unacceptable.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Richard Cohen has expressed racist and homophobic views. In an article responding to the death of Trayvon Martin, Cohen stated that Martin was “a young man understandably suspected because he was black.” And it doesn’t end there. The recent Steubenville rape case was, to him, a ‘so-called’ rape and he’s repeatedly described the behavior of gay men as ‘disgusting.’ How Cohen repeatedly makes it past the editorial table and into print is baffling.

By signing this petition you’ll call out Cohen on his racist remarks and encourage the Washington Post to decipher between opinion and unabashed bigotry.


Dear Richard Cohen,

In the wake of photographs on the front page of many newspapers of Bill de Blasio’s beautiful family, you took it upon yourself to poison the event with your prejudiced and callous article that served as nothing more than a stage for you to voice hurtful views on interracial marriage, families and the LGBT community.

The Washington Post is a powerful platform that should be considerate of its readership and be wholly aware of the views it publishes and supports. Your belief that Americans are, to this day, disgusted by interracial marriage and relationships is shocking. To bash a politician is one thing, but to take petty jabs at his family is unforgivable. The de Blasio family represent countless Americans. Not only are they progressive, but they are truly an inspiration to the millions of other interracial families out there who deserve to be represented in the public eye by a stellar group of individuals.

Your discriminatory rhetoric is better suited for a more narrow and extremist publication. Please, do yourself and the rest of us a favor, and resign.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bill de Blasio 2009 via Flickr

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