10/9/08

Join Call for Racist NC Sheriff Steve Bizzell's Resignation

Hall of Shame: Sheriff Steve Bizzell - Johnston County, NC - Hates tacos and spaghetti

We Can Stop the Hate, an NCLR anti-bias initiative, has launched a national campaign to demand the resignation of racist anti-Latino politician Steve Bizzell. He is the idiot in Johnston County, North Carolina who uses his position of authority to insult, degrade and harass residents of Latino heritage with vile racial slurs. Oh...and he's the Sheriff!

BTW: NC's undistinguished Senator Dole features Bizzell in one of her anti-immigrant political ads. Apparently, they're two peas in a pod. How unfortunate for NC. The good news is that Dole may be beaten, and Obama may win the state, on November 4th -- in what was until this year a solid Red state.

In other words, Bizzell and his kind may begin re-evaluating their politics or experience the fate of the Dodo.

What follows is NCLR's call to action:

Join the call for the resignation of a bigoted Sheriff in North Carolina

In a recent article in Raleigh's The News & Observer, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell was quoted accusing Latinos of "breeding like rabbits," calling Mexicans "trashy," and stating, "When people think about illegal Mexicans, you know the first thing they think of? Driving drunk and shooting."

These are just some of the inflammatory things that Steve Bizzell had to say about Latinos. As a result, a coalition of progressive groups in North Carolina has asked that the Johnston County commissioners push for Bizzell's resignation.

Not only is Sheriff Bizzell still on the job, he can even be seen featured in this campaign ad supporting Senator Elizabeth Dole.

Help us make the case that bigotry has no place in the sheriff's office or on the campaign trail. If you live in North Carolina, write to North Carolina's congressional delegation to ask them to support the call for Sheriff Bizzell's resignation. If you don’t live in North Carolina, you can still write to your own state representatives. Stand up to hate by forwarding this message to five of your friends and encouraging them to sign up for We Can Stop The Hate alerts. Together, we can make a difference.

Sincerely,
The National Council of La Raza
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