Local group, The Fate of Hate, is petitioning A&E to air public service announcements
HINDS COUNTY - JACKSON -
UPDATED 1/2/14 at 10:00 p.m.
A local group is petitioning the cable station A&E to get its public service announcement aired during the hit television show Duck Dynasty.The 30-second PSA highlights a local hate crime.
"We’re gonna do whatever we can to change the way people see us," comments a member of The Fate of Hate.
Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin says the group is airing the public service announcements in hopes of bringing an end to racism and prejudice, not just in Mississippi but across the nation.
"If we can get it on A&E, then it'll be wonderful because it'll be seen all over the country," explains Franklin.
They’re targeting this cable network because of the recent comments made by one of the members of Duck Dynasty.
"Phil Robertson made some comments regarding homosexuals and African Americans.The organizers of The Fate of Hate felt the comments like that can sometimes stir up people and influence people to do things, bad things," continues Franklin.
The 30-second PSA highlights the death of James Craig Anderson, a Jackson man killed in June 2011.
"He was the black man run over by the teens from Rankin County," adds Franklin.
Deryl Dedmon is serving a life sentence for the hit-and-run murder.Five other Brandon men have also admitted their involvement in the death of Anderson.
The Fate of Hate needs 10-thousand signatures on the petition.So far, they have more than 100.
For more information on The Fate of Hate or to sign the petition, click here.
--------------------------------------- News Release: The Fate of Hate project is starting a petition signing for A&E to air its latest public service announcement. The 30-second spot dramatizes the final moments of James Craig Anderson’s life. In a recent article, A&E network promised to air PSA’s “promoting unity tolerance and acceptance of all people”. TFH has started a petition on our website for A&E to air this PSA at least once during EVERY airing of Duck Dynasty in remembrance of Craig.
“Comments like his (Phil Robertson), fuel people to commit acts of hate like in the James Craig Anderson case. It takes a mature person to understand that there are followers who idolize Robertson and don’t have the internal fortitude to discern entertainment from real life” says TFH curator Eric Walker
The Fate of Hate aims to inspire love in communities nationally while exposing hate of ANY kind. Our PSA’s are currently airing on network affiliates in the Washington DC area, Nashville, Kansas City, Memphis, Salt Lake City, Denver, Sacramento and others.
The Fate of Hate project is based in Jackson Mississippi where the Anderson story took place. It made national news a couple of years ago when surveillance footage was leaked of Anderson being run over with a pickup truck. Deryl Dedmon is serving time as the ringleader and driver of that truck.
TFH has been endorsed by Jackson Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, known for representing Jamie and Gladys Scott when the two were released from prison for serving a life sentence for an 11-dollar robbery. TFH is also endorsed by producer/actor and Mississippi native David Banner who joined that cast alongside Oprah Winfrey in the box office hit “The Butler”.
“Loving and accepting each other is so easy… yet, when we slap a person on the wrist who makes hateful comments we are running Craig over with that truck. We never grow…and that’s the fate of hate.” says Walker