Dear Fox Business Chairman Roger Ailes,
I was disgusted by Eric Bolling's assertion last week that by hosting an official meeting with President Ali Bongo of Gabon, President Obama had “a hoodlum in the hizzouse.” The segment went on to use other language and stereotypes associated with Black Americans.
This is not Bolling's first offense. Late last month Bolling used your platform to allege that President Obama was too busy “chugging a few forties” during an official trip to Ireland to attend to Missouri’s tornado victims. The president was already en route to Europe when the tornadoes hit. But factual considerations aside, Bolling’s use of cultural stereotypes is blatant and far outside the realm of useful political commentary. Such speech only serves to play on race-based fears and divisions, and it's damaging to our communities. I’m offended that your network would be a party to this and broadcast such obvious race-baiting.
Fox Business and Fox News have a history of hiring and promoting personalities who disparage Black history, leaders and institutions. It’s time for this pattern to stop and for you to repudiate the use of racist stereotypes and race-baiting in your networks’ coverage. If you fire Bolling, it would be a step towards showing real accountability. Refusing will make it abundantly clear to the public and the media that stoking racial division is part of Fox’s agenda.