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Tell McCain to End the Politics of Hate
McCain and Palin must reject the politics of hate
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Dear Senator McCain and Governor Palin,

Time and again in America, people of all races and backgrounds have overcome division and fear, and come together to uplift the country and create a more equal and just society. It's part of what makes this country great.

With an African-American nominee running on a major party ticket and a woman on the Republican ticket for the first time in history, this campaign has seen Americans--men and women of all races--inspired to continue that great tradition, coming together to bridge the gaps that history has set between us in service of our national progress.

But let us be clear: while we have made great strides in this country when it comes to racial equality, we are not finished. Now, more than ever, we need leadership that understands that we live in complex times where too many are quick to judge another by the complexion of their skin or the sound of their name.

In the last few weeks, Senator McCain and Governor Palin, rhetoric at your campaign events has taken an increasingly dangerous tone that seems to ignore the precarious state of our progress when it comes to race and ethnicity.

Supporters at your rallies and other events have used hateful language and called for violence against Sen. Obama yelling "kill him!" "off with his head!" and "bomb Obama."

For the most part, you have stood by in silence. In addition, you have also repeatedly made statements that somehow connect Senator Obama with terrorism. Your surrogates have emphasized his middle name. This is problematic and dangerous, and we believe helps create the conditions that have given rise to these incidents of violent rhetoric from some of your supporters.

Today, we're standing together as Americans of all political persuasions to express our deep concern that the decisions of your campaign are contributing to a dangerous atmosphere of paranoia, division, and hate that, as we have already seen, has the potential to seriously harm our country and its progress.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

In these trying times, candidates seeking the highest offices in the land must call on the best in each of us, and call off the worst.

We urge you to join people of conscience from all races and backgrounds to reject the politics of division and fear, and come together to uplift the country and create a more equal and just society.

-- The undersigned --

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We'd like to talk about the pressing issues facing our country: the woeful economy, rising unemployment, the housing crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But we can't talk about them because John McCain and Sarah Palin have distracted us with the politics of hate and fear.

Instead of discussing the real issues plaguing Americans, McCain and Palin have turned to fear-mongering and race-baiting, stoking the prejudices of their supporters. The situation has become so critical that we've teamed up with Color of Change to put an end to these dangerous mob scenes.

Things have gotten so out of control that some conservatives have come forward to denounce McCain and Palin's hate-mongering. In an Op-Ed for The Baltimore Sun, Frank Schaeffer writes: "John McCain: If your campaign does not stop equating Sen. Barack Obama with terrorism, questioning his patriotism and portraying Mr. Obama as "not one of us," I accuse you of deliberately feeding the most unhinged elements of our society the red meat of hate, and therefore of potentially instigating violence."

Don't let McCain and Palin undo the decades spent fighting for civil rights and equality in our country.

Recent signers
Max Fronov signed 2 days ago.

I don't want another world war and that is why i am glad McCain is not a president.

Taylor Echelmeyer signed 6 days ago.

John McCain is so contradictory and has always been and will always be wrong for this country! I'm GLAD Obama won!

evelyn franco signed 6 days ago.

having mccain as president is havin bush pt 2 except he cant keep his story straight any better; maccain shoudlnt even be part of the government. Its people like him and those republicans why this country is slowly going into flames.Its not only mccain start asking questions people what do we NOT know, what will come for us? they know what im taklin about...10% people start getting ready cause up to this point only the father himself will save you..LITERALLY

Gregory mt. signed 10 days ago.

do the repulicans not relize the facts, it's not like we made these things up.
supports of mccain and palin , have no idea what there talking about , there full of it , and are simply arrogant in so many ways.

Justin Outten signed 12 days ago.
Elena Polanco signed 16 days ago.
Anonymous signed 17 days ago.
Anonymous signed 27 days ago.

As a woman, I am disgusted by Sarah Palin. I do not respect her as a political leader, and I do not respect her as a human being. She has proven time and time again to be a liar and a hypocrite, and I pray that the day will never come that she has any place in the White House.

Rosemary Romani signed about 1 month ago.

I agree with everything in this letter

Anonymous signed about 1 month ago.

So you would believe what McCain said through the media, but not what Obama did? So... did the media lie, or not? Um... I'm not a partisan American but I believe as of now, Obama is the one with the leadership skill and surrounded by a whole room of advisers who will strive to make our country better!

John Michael signed about 1 month ago.

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Bryan Carvalho signed about 1 month ago.

Thank god McCain is not our president!

Anonymous signed about 1 month ago.

The media lies and lies and lies and cheat and steal to put this muslim Obama in power just to prove a point as a liberal and thumb their noses at the conservatives. Well media, hope it was worth it. The worst depression this country has ever seen will happen in the next four years due to this inexperienced joke Obama that the media put into power...Bye Bye USA!!

Artie's Vision signed about 1 month ago.
Disgruntled no08 signed about 1 month ago.

You are all abunch of Socialist and Fascism Lovers, as that is what Obama supports, I am an independent. So take that, try to smash the independant party, oh wait you CANT!

Nicholas Obama signed about 1 month ago.

I do dispise the right wing, republican people who choose to devide our communities and stop progression towards a brighter future.

Andy Kohlmann signed about 1 month ago.
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Alexander Brandt signed about 1 month ago.
Emily Dismukes signed about 1 month ago.

dear people,
i beleve that instead of worring about race and color we should really be sex because time and time again i have been blownoff of playing football or something else i want to do with the boys because i am a girl and i just want that to be reconized by the people of America.

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