The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, and its Campaign to TAKE ON HATE are among 25 advocacy groups calling on The Coca-Cola Company to dissociate from political conventions where hateful rhetoric and bigotry would be highlighted and praised.
In the last few months, candidates for public office have repeatedly disparaged Latino, Muslim, Arab and Black communities, as well as women, LGBT people and people with disabilities. Latinos have been referred to as criminals and rapists and it has been suggested that mosques should be monitored and shut down and that American Muslims should be registered to a database. In addition, supporters of candidates have engaged in violent acts against African Americans and other people of color.
As a major leader in the business community, Coca-Cola's agreement to dissociate would send a strong message to the public, other companies and public officials that bigotry and racism are not acceptable.
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