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UCC Media Justice Update

Racism, Threats Have no Place in Policy Debates

At a time of robust policy debates, it is important that the public weigh in on proposals that are central to their lives--from health care to net neutrality to environmental protections that safeguard health. Recent reports and social media have noted several racist and threatening filings directed against Federal Communications Commission against Chairman Ajit Pai.  The United Church of Christ's media justice ministry condemns any racial epithets or personal threats, and encourages commenters to engage with civility.  As the UCC's civility pledge states, "insulting, attacking or demonizing people with whom we disagree is unproductive and unacceptable."  We urge any agencies that experience this rhetoric, including the Federal Communications Commission, to focus on the substantive debate and to keep public comments open so they do not reward hateful behavior.

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