More than 7,000 individuals and organizations have signed an online petition posted by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on his website to condemn Rush Limbaugh for offensive comments he recently made during his radio program. The petition calls on Limbaugh to apologize for mocking Chinese culture and asks his sponsors to pull their ads. Several civil rights groups have joined Yee's protest. including California National Organization for Women (CA NOW), Chinese for Affirmative Action, Gray Panthers, Japanese American Citizens League, California Nurses Association, International Institute of the Bay Area, Marcos Gutiérrez Productions, Mission Beacon, Hecho en California Radio 1010, Zamboanga Hermosa Organization of Northern California, Filipino Californian Senior Citizen’s Society, Inc. (Fil-CA), and United Domestic Workers (AFSCME UDW). Other olitical leaders also have condemned Limbaugh, including Congressman David Wu, Congresswoman Judy Chu, California Assemblyman Paul Fong, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and New York Assemblywoman Grace Meng,
After condemning the offensive comments by Limbaugh, Yee received death threats via racist, expletive-laden faxes that contained a graphic of an American flag adorned pickup truck dragging a noose. “We should never allow such racist vitriol to go unchallenged,” said Yee. “It is unfortunate acts like these that demonstrate why we must continue to be vigilant against hate and intolerance. These threats will not deter me and others from the work we are doing to embrace our diversity and help move our country forward.”
In addition to the online petition, Yee’s website http://www.senate.ca.gov/yee lists companies that advertise on Limbaugh’s show, including Pro Flowers, eharmony, Onstar, CARBONITE, Inc., Sleep Number Bed, Sleep Train, Les Schwab, Selectquote.com, The Shane Co., Domino’s Pizza, Oreck Upright Vacuum Cleaners, Mid-West Life Insurance Company of Tennessee, AutoZone Inc., 5 Hour Energy, Blue-Emu, LegalZoom, Citrix Online (GoToMyPC.com), American Forces Network, Mission Pharmacal Company, and Life Quotes, Inc.