Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Ford Should Dump Singer And Racist Lynching Advocate Toby Keith

Ford Motor Company should take action to dump country singer Toby Keith as spokesman for their popular Ford Trucks.

First of all I love country music so it not that or that most of his macho tough guy persona, redneck and chauvinist music sucks. Or that he represents most of what's wrong with American men. It’s because Keith is a racist and apparent lynching advocate. It's funny that the red flags didn't go up at Ford earlier given the jingoistic white trailer trash crap that Keith is known to advocate.

Keith new hit record is entitled “Beer for My Horses”. Its lyrics are clearly racist and inflammatory to African Americans and others. Here a sample:

“Grand pappy told my pappy back in my day, son A man had to answer for the wicked that he'd done Take all the rope in Texas Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys Hang them high in the street For all the people to see”…..

Max Blumenthal of the Huffington Post has written extensively about Keith’s propensity to spew out his racism in his songs and in public, including recently on the Glen Beck show when he was asked about the success of Barack Obama.
"I think the black people would say he don't talk, act or carry himself as a black person. What does that even mean?" the audibly shocked Beck replied. "Well, I don't know what that means," Keith drawled, "but I think that that's what they would say. Even though the black society would pull for him I still think that they think in the back of their mind that the only reason he is in [the general election] is because he talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian."
So what the hell is the main sponsor of this bigot Ford Trucks doing to stop this? Apparently nothing. Ford has a deal to underwrite Keith's current “Biggest and Baddest” concert mega tour. If you been around rednecks especially in the south you quickly understand why. During my recent visit to rural Texas I found that it didn’t matter if you lived on a compost pile, because more often than not there's a late model Ford pickup parked in the yard.

When the popular country trio the Dixie Chicks were critical of George Bush in 2003 because of the Iraq war it prompted Keith to branded them “Saddams’s Angels”. Keith helped fire the redneck and right wing backlash against the Chicks that cumulated in such things as CD burning parties, Chicks concert cancellations and blacklisting by the music industry throughout the South and elsewhere.

The feud still continues till this day, in spite of attempts to mend fences, based on the recent cancellation of a joint engagement by the Chicks and Keith that was scheduled to bring attention to global warming. Something I sure Keith's fan base is not that captivated with. The Dixie Chicks wrote a hit song about the ordeal "not willing to make nice".

I think it's time we tell the Ford Motor Company what we think about their sponsorship of this xenophobic and pro lynching bigot. I suggest you contact Ford and demand they rethink their sponsorship of Keith. I composed a letter your welcome to cut and paste into their contact us email template and forward under your name.

Dear Ford Motor Company:

I would like to bring to your attention that I will not be buying any Ford Motor Company products, including any Ford Trucks until you end your relationship with country singer Toby Keith.

Keith has demonstrated that he is a racist and a bigot by writing and performing songs like “Beer For My Horses” that appear to support public lynching. He also stated during a nationally syndicated radio program that Barack Obama success was only because “he talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian.” Adding, “I think the black people would say he don't talk, act or carry himself as a black person”.

If the Ford Motor Company stands for equality and against racism, race bating and public lynching it needs to stop supporting people who do. I hope you will take action to
end your business relationship with Mr. Keith as soon as possible.


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