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Civil Rights leader Rev. Charles Williams II, calls for immediate apology from Pete Hoekstra to Asian Community for racist ad making fun of Asians.
What: Press Conference
King Solomon Baptist Church
Rhema International Church
Greater Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
National Action Network Michigan
National Council for Community Empowerment
When: Monday, February 6th 2012@, 10:30a.m.
6100 14th Street Detroit, MI
Detroit- 2/6/12 – Republican candidate for U.S Senate Pete Hoekstra endorsed and appeared in a new campaign commercial launched during the Super Bowl last night. The add featured a young woman speaking in broken English in Asian accent. Eclectablog featured the video on www.eclectablog.com.
GOP consultant Nick De Leeuw said:
“Stabenow has got to go. But shame on Pete Hoekstra for that appalling new advertisement,” De Leeuw wrote on his Facebook page Sunday morning. “Racism and xenophobia aren’t any way to get things done.”
Rev. Charles Williams II said: “If Pete Hoekstra does not see any wrong in this commercial, he doesn’t deserve to be in the race. The Asian woman speaking in this video would be no different than him having a black person speaking in slave dialect. He needs to apologize now!”
Rev. Maurice L. Rudds said, “The politics of racial division is alive and well in hoekstra’s campaign. What’s next? A commercial mocking African American hip hoppers.”
The coalition of leaders are calling on a formal apology from Pete Hoekstra and urge him to pull down the add immediately.
Rev. Charles Williams is the pastor of the Historic King Solomon Baptist church, and state director of Rev. Al Sharptons National Action Network. Rev. Maurice L. Rudds is the pastor of Greater Mt. Tabor Baptist church, and president of National Council for Community Empowerment, Michigan Chapter.
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