[Vision2020] Tell ESPN: Apologize to Jemele Hill and commit to protecting her First Amendment rights.

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 20:19:30 PDT 2017


Tell ESPN: Stand with Jemele, not Trump

*ESPN’s suspension of “Sportscenter” host Jemele Hill is a win for white
supremacy and a threat to free speech.*

When African-American journalist Jemele Hill called Donald Trump a white
supremacist, Trump’s fascist regime immediately tried to discredit her and
called on ESPN to fire her.1 When Hill called out Dallas Cowboys owner
Jerry Jones for threatening to bench players protesting police brutality
against African-American people, ESPN caved to pressure from pro-Trump NFL
owners and suspended her for two weeks.2

*Trump is using the White House to crack down on any member of the media
who criticizes his bigoted administration – and ESPN helped him silence one
of its own journalists.* Jemele Hill just got back from suspension, but it
is still important that we hold ESPN accountable. Add your name now to
demand that ESPN apologize to Hill and publicly commit to defending its
journalists from Trump’s attacks.

Tell ESPN: Apologize to Jemele Hill and commit to protecting her First
Amendment rights.

*ESPN is making an example of Hill to appease racist sports fans and
pro-Trump NFL owners like Jerry Jones.* Jones wants to keep
African-American football players in their place. He is the only NFL owner
who has publicly threatened to bench his players for exercising their right
to free speech by protesting racial injustice during the national anthem.
This is a clear attempt to keep African-American football players from
using their influence and power to lift up and fight against the crisis of
police terror, brutality and killings in the African-American community.
It’s an attack rooted in white supremacy.

Trump has called white supremacists and neo-Nazis “very fine people” and
African-American football players protesting racial injustice “sons of
bitches.” He has stacked his administration with white nationalists who are
undermining the voting rights, civil rights and civil liberties of
African-American people and other people of color daily. *ESPN’s failure to
defend the First Amendment rights of its African-American employees when
they call out racism actively legitimizes and aids Trump’s bigoted attempts
to quash dissent and uphold white supremacy.* That is dangerous and

Under Trump’s fascist administration, everyone must make a choice,
including executives at sports media outlets like ESPN. Will they side with
a racist bigot and his craven base of supporters, or will they stand up to
Trump’s hate and fiercely protect African-American journalists?

*Tell ESPN: Apologize to Jemele Hill and commit to protecting her First
Amendment rights.*
*Thank you* for all you do
Vision2020 Post: Ted Moffett
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