To: Bloomberg Business Week Editor Josh Tyrangiel, Bloomberg Business Week President Paul Bascobert, Bloomberg Media Group CEO Andy Luck
Tell Bloomberg: Pull the racist Businessweek cover off the newsstand
Pull the incredibly offensive and racist Businessweek cover off the newsstands and all other distribution outlets.
Why is this important?
Because this racist bs is on every newsstand in America right now:
Since hitting newsstands, the Feb 21st offensive cover of Bloomberg Businessweek has been called "straightforwardly racist" and a "serious throwback to racist caricature" by social justice organizations (1).
Mainstream Media outlets from the Atlantic to Slate are calling the cover "racist" and saying that Businessweek's "idea is that we can know things are really getting out of hand since even nonwhite people can get loans these days! They ought to be ashamed" (2).
Businessweek's response? A half-hearted non apology saying that they "regret" the "strong reactions" the cover created, but not apologizing for the content of the image itself. They even go so far as to say their "intention was not to incite or offend" (3).
Well guess what Businessweek? We are offended. As a Latino who has the American dream of one day having my own house, I am offended at not only the racist stereotypes in your cover, but the implicit policy idea that my future home ownership is somehow bad for the country.
Non-apologies are not enough! Bloomberg Media Group, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg himself, needs to rein in Businessweek and pull the incredibly offensive and racist BusinessWeek cover off the newsstands and all other distribution outlets. Anything less is unacceptable.
Please sign and share today. We can make a difference and stand up to racism, but only if you take action right now.
How it will be delivered
In-person delivery at Bloomberg Media and Bloomberg Businessweek HQ. Stage a press conference if there is enough signatures and people who want to attend.