For Immediate Release: October 8, 2021
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Color Of Change Calls for AT&T to Cease All Financial Backing of Right-Wing Media Channel One America News (OAN)
NATIONWIDE – In response to media conglomerate AT&T’s creation and funding of right-wing news outlet One America News Network (OAN), Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson issued the following statement:
“No matter the strained explanations or public relations spin, the truth is out: AT&T is actively helping to bring down our democracy and disappear Black votes. As the biggest silent partner in the most irresponsible, dangerous, and hostile media platform in America, AT&T has sponsored the violent, illegal and racist attempt to overturn a presidential election and overthrow our government. Color Of Change calls on all executives across the AT&T family of brands to hold their parent company accountable and immediately sever all financial support and business ties to One America News.
This is a pattern for AT&T — the corporation has also contributed to political action committees (PACs) for right-wing politicians who tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election. No empty words in support of Black lives can save AT&T in the face of these actions — only a full and immediate rejection of further support for racist media platforms and politicians can do so.
Facebook is not the only global media corporation that has consistently chosen to do anything for another buck, even if it means supporting white nationalists and sacrificing the safety and security of millions of Americans. AT&T must divest immediately from business models built on racist and dangerous media content.”
About Color Of Change:
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over 7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. Visit www.colorofchange.org.