Lou Dobbs has hosted his last show on CNN.
Last night, Dobbs announced his resignation, effective immediately. This historic victory comes after I, and more than 100,000 others stood up online and in communities across the country to say ¡Basta! to Dobbs’ anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric. We spoke out, CNN listened, and now Dobbs is gone.
This victory belongs to us, and we encourage others to share it. Dobbs’ departure shows what can happen when Latinos and allies stand up against harmful myths and negative stereotypes. And we have only just begun. Please tell your family and friends the good news, and encourage them to join the Presente.org community as we prepare for the battles ahead:
Lou Dobbs’ resignation is an important milestone in the fight against bigotry and prejudice. As Dobbs himself said in his on-air announcement, there are “winds of change buffeting our country.” What he neglected to add is that those winds are being generated by thousands of people who can envision a better future, and are willing to work together to achieve it. That is what Presente.org is all about.
This victory signals the end of our BastaDobbs campaign, but it also marks a beginning. Just as we have spoken out against anti-Latino stereotypes on television, we will say no to policies that divide our families, and demand an end to discrimination against our communities. Together, we can help the United States reach its highest ideals. In the words of the great César Chávez:
Once social change begins it cannot be reversed...You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people that are not afraid anymore.
Good bye, Lou, and good riddance! There! I said it!