SVCA Sample letter to sponsors of Fox News
SVCA Sample letter to sponsors of Fox News, based on a template provided by APAPA. We called on BB's spy and terrorist accusation.
--Credit to Jason Xu/Crystal and many other SVCA members
On Thursday, July 10, 2014 Fox News host Bob Beckel set off another firestorm by using a racial slur and accusing Chinese people of spying and terrorist activities. His remarks were made on "The Five," a television program sponsored by your company.
At the beginning the rant, he compared Chinese in this country to Islamic terrorists. He went on to say: "The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S. They have been, they will be and they can wait, they're very patient. Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen -- er, Chinese people -- how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us." (To watch the segment, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOzXyqxI_vk.)
At the very last of his rant, he proceeded to give all Chinese an insulting gesture, equivalent to the “F” word. Beckel claimed all Chinese, loyal American citizens or not, are spies and terrorists. He stated that after we learned computer skills in America we then go back to China to hack into American businesses and government.
On the following Monday, July 14, 2014, Beckel somewhat apologized to the people who were offended. No apology was ever issued to Chinese and Chinese Americans. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU_STcHwVyQ.)
Mr. Ted Lieu, a Chinese-American State Senator (D) of California and a Congressional candidate called Beckel remarks "racist" and "xenophobic." Ted observed: “I am one of those ‘Chinamen’ with ‘Oriental’ eyes that immigrated to America and majored in computer science. I also served on active duty in the United States Air Force and continue to serve my country in the Reserves......We should all be alarmed by the racist, xenophobic comments by Bob Beckel. His comments have no place in America. He must resign immediately." Senator Bob Huff, Republican Leader in the California State Senate, also released a statement condemning Mr. Beckel’s rant.
We, Silicon Valley Chinese/Chinese Americans, together with our friends worldwide, stand with Mr. Ted Lieu, California Congressman Mike Honda and Mr. Bob Huff in asking Fox News to fire Bob Beckel immediately. We want to point out that Bob Beckel’s accusation of Chinese people in this country being spies and terrorists is a slanderous act. Furthermore, the association of an ethic group with a foreign government was precisely the reason behind the Japanese-American imprisonment during World World II, a sad chapter of history in this great country.
As a responsible company doing business in the international arena and as a sponsor of the "The Five" program, we are holding your organization responsible in ensuring Chinese and other ethnic groups are not wrongfully targeted for treachery and racially charged stereotypical remarks such as those repeatedly made by Beckel.
Please exercise your duties and rights to ensure that justice and equal protection for all are not compromised by any broadcast program that your company is sponsoring.
Please send email to Fox News President, Roger Ailes at: email@example.com and other sponsors at below.
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