One of the largest book publishers in the country, Simon & Schuster, just rewarded a white supremacist spokesperson with a massive book deal.
Milo Yiannopoulos – a Breitbart publisher and spokesperson for white supremacy – has made a name for himself as a mouthpiece for hate speech. Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter last year after leading a campaign of racial, anti-Black and sexual harassment against actress Leslie Jones. The harassment driven by Yiannopoulos was so severe that Jones had to temporarily quit Twitter. Now he’s getting $250,000 from Simon & Schuster to promote his hateful ideas.
Demand Simon & Schuster cancel the white supremacist book deal!
If you hate Milo and what he has to say, you can always not buy his book. If no one buys his book, then Simon & Schuster will get the message that they pissed away a quarter mil on a bad dude who says and does bad things that other people won’t buy.
But that’s not good enough, because there is a good chance, hell, almost a guarantee, that Milo’s book will be huge and Simon and Schuster will do extremely well on their bet. And that cannot be tolerated. Demand that your grievance be heard. Silence Milo.
To Carolyn Reidy, CEO of Simon& Schuster
We demand that Simon & Schuster cease providing a platform for white supremacy by immediately canceling your book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos. Handing a purveyor of hate speech and white supremacy a $250,000 megaphone is a clear statement that your company is willing to enable and profit from calls to harm people of color.
This is not normal. White supremacists should not be getting six-figure deals to promote their hate under the guise of mainstream platforms. Black communities know all too well how perpetuating stereotypes and hateful rhetoric can empower a racist and violent agenda.
The rise of hate crimes and harassment targeting Blacks folks, people of color, Muslims, immigrants, the L.G.B.T. community, and women will only continue if companies like Simon & Schuster continue to normalize and provide a mainstream platform for white supremacy.
We the undersigned demand that Simon & Schuster cancel its book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos.
If you don’t hate people who hate, how can you stop hate? And anyone who normalizes people you hate should be hated as well. Or, if you message of “tolerance” resonates, you wouldn’t care what someone like Milo writes as your message will prevail on its merits. But that could be risky.
And what better way to change the world than to start a petition, so you can have your voice heard without ever getting off the couch.
H/T Stephanie West Allen