UNITY Petition to Fox News and News Corporation sign now

On the July 8, 2009 episode of the morning show Fox and Friends," co-anchor Brian Kilmeade made a crude and bafflingly ignorant attempt to dismiss a study on marriage and Alzheimer's that was conducted in Sweden and Finland.

Mr. Kilmeade stated: we [Americans] keep marrying other species and other ethnics . . . Swedes have pure genes . . . in America we marry everybody...

We don't know where to begin. Did the study not apply to Americans because of racial intermarriage? Are racially integrated couples more likely to exacerbate the symptoms of dementia?

Mr. Kilmeade's outlandish comments were more than silly and worthy of ridicule. They validate, under the guise of light-hearted humor, the basest of white supremacist ideologies, the notion that white people and non-white people are of different species, with the white race as "pure." Without question, the comments should have been denounced immediately as racist, ignorant and bigoted.

Instead, a baffled co-host Gretchen Carlson rightly questioned Kilmeade's mental state, and someone off-camera whistled "If I Only Had a Brain." The song was well-chosen, seeing as the comments lacked intelligence, heart and courage, and should not have a home on anything resembling a news program.

UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., a multicultural coalition of national journalism organizations with an outreach to over 10,000 supporters, hereby calls for Fox News and its parent company, News Corporation, to:

- Issue an immediate apology for Mr. Kilmeades offensive comments
- Enter into a serious discussion on the program regarding intermarriage and the value of diversity in our society.

(The full video can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/lnb8rn)

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  • 19 February 2016994. Greg S
    this type of news is destoying our country.
  • 18 February 2016993. Boris C
    I support this petition
  • 18 February 2016992. Lk M
    I support this petition
  • 18 February 2016991. Tom C
    Proud Italian and Real American
  • 17 February 2016990. Farah R
    I support this petition
  • 15 February 2016989. Joanna A
    I support this petition
  • 14 February 2016988. Louise L
    Ridiculous statement
  • 13 February 2016987. Corey R
    I support this petition
  • 10 February 2016986. Frank Fordj
    I support this petition
  • 05 February 2016985. Laura B
    I support this petition
  • 02 February 2016984. Nancy D
    I support this petition
  • 28 January 2016983. Miriam J
    Fox News reporters and commentators make like this quite often...Thank you for calling them out on this one!!!
  • 28 January 2016982. Chet W
    I support this petition
  • 28 January 2016981. Jason S
    Typical. The network is akin to genocide.
  • 26 January 2016980. Chris S
    FOX should be shut down...
  • 24 January 2016979. Takeshi O
    Wow, I thought Fox was at least trying to pretend not to be so backwards...
  • 21 January 2016978. Richard S
    "To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." Abraham Lincoln
  • 17 January 2016977. Amy Huff
    I support this petition
  • 16 January 2016976. Andre S
    I support this petition
  • 09 January 2016975. Sabrina M
    I support this petition
  • 07 January 2016974. Callie P
    All media outlets, and in particular Fox need to acknowledge the fact that they press a racist agenda by using rhetoric like Kilmeade's. If his were the only instance I would be less concerned, but the lack of actual research and obvious bias are clear.
  • 06 January 2016973. Tracy M
    I support this petition
  • 03 January 2016972. Kwamina N
    I support this petition
  • 02 January 2016971. Winifred R
    THE MAN IS A RACIST AND HE WAS CERTAINLY ON THE CORRECT NETWORK. THE TRAILER TRASH NETWORK OF IDIOTS. HE'S REPUBLICAN SO HE IS WITH THE CORRECT RACIST PARTY AS WELL. YOU MAY AS WELL GIVE UP YOU PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER VIABLE.
  • 28 December 2015970. Theresa W
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 2015969. Katherine Annp
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015968. Dalton L
    This is absolutely appalling. This is truly the way he feels and should be fired for saying this crap.

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