Call to Action: Take John and Ken Off the Air On Thursday, October 13th the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) will be taking its Take John and Ken Off the Air campaign to the next level by holding a protest outside of the KFI radio station at 11am. The demonstration will be held at 3400 W. Olive St. Burbank, CA 91505, and a press conference will be held during the demonstration at approximately 11:30AM.
So why is the NHMC conducting this campaign?
The campaigns website states, “For years John and Ken have terrorized Los Angeles’ Latino, Asian American and African American communities, creating an atmosphere of hate and intolerance and legitimizing hateful attitudes, discrimination, and at times violence against members of these groups; now, they are not shy about encouraging listeners to call ordinary citizens to harass them.
John and Ken habitually use unsubstantiated claims, divisive language, flawed argumentation and dehumanizing metaphors to shock and anger their audience. All too often this sparks verbal assaults and threats of serious violence (up to and including murder) by John and Ken’s listeners. John and Ken’s hate filled statements may soon lead to physical violence against those they target.”
Here is just a sample of some of John and Ken’s statements taken between August 24th and September 1st:
- August 24, 2011: 10’20” “I really resent Mexican politicians like Gil Cedillo giving away my money to illegal aliens from that country. I really resent it. I hate it. I despise it.”
- September 1, 2011:“They (Mexican immigrants) bring their third-world habits and foul our life.”
- September 1, 2011:“And then, to have your seat taken away by an illegal, and the funding taken away by an illegal. You know, if that doesn’t get people screaming bloody murder, then you deserve this rotten State, you really do.”
To date, 25 organizations have signed on to NHMC’s campaign and well over 400 people have signed the petition to have John and Ken taken off the air. Please sign the petition, and if you are in the Burbank area, march with NHMC in solidarity in the struggle to end hate speech.