Dear Black Community,
I am a 32 year old Black American male currently residing in Washington, DC. I write you today to express my bewilderment at our complete lack of respect for each other particularly, our black women.
Today, after reading a post on the blog, “What About Our Daughters?” (www.whataboutourdaughters.com) , I discovered that comedian, D.L. Hughely will be hosting the NAACP Image Awards. While I respect the Civil Rights and Social Justice principles the NAACP strives to maintain, I must publicly express my extreme disappointment with the selection of Mr. Hughley as the host.
For those of you who are unaware, Mr. Hughley is the black Don Imus. Hughley’s disparaging remarks about Black women have been broadcast around the globe and immortalized in print media. He specifically addresses Black women as “hoes” and during an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, referred to black women as “some of the UGLIEST women [he’s] ever seen”. When will we draw a line in the sand? How is this acceptable behavior for a man who is hosting one of the most important events in the NAACP’s history?
DL Hughley’s selection as show host makes him a quasi-spokesperson for the NAACP, if only for just one night. It is insulting, abhorrent, and hypocritical that the NAACP would choose a man who espouses such misogynistic and racially insensitive garbage. What’s even worse is that companies with which we do business are sponsoring this event and thus, they are providing the financial support for Hughley to continue his tirade. He now has an even wider audience to market his misogyny and hatred of black women- and WE as consumers have paid for him to have such a luxury!
These are the companies that have chosen to support the double standard of misogyny in the black community by sponsoring the NAACP Image Awards Show on February 14th, 2008 on FOX.
Federal Express (www.fedex.com) *Sponsors of the Nominees’ Luncheon and Golf Tournament
AllState Insurance Company (www.allstate.com)
American Airlines (www.aa.com)
Chevy Motors (www.chevymotors.com)
Ford Motor Company (www.ford.com)
Sprint PCS (www.sprint.com)
Wachovia Bank, N.A. (www.wachovia.com)
Ciroc Vodka (www.ciroc.com)
Crown Royal (www.crownroyal.com)
Johnnie Walker (www.johnniewalker.com)
Bank Of America (www.bankofamerica.com)
Blockbuster Video (www.blockbuster.com)
Television Week (www.tvweek.com)
Walt Disney (www.disney.com)
Please contact the Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility Departments for these companies and ask them why they support insulting black women and intra-racial misogyny. I know I will.
Shane AKA BLKSeaGoat