On Thursday, Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston reported that Alabama Democrat Doug Jones is coming under fire from black voters for a flyer many see as being racist.
Created to look something like an Internet meme, the ad reads, “Think if a Black man went after high school girls anyone would try to make him a senator?” Beneath that caption is a photo of a young black man with a comical skeptical look on his face.
This mailer is supposedly going to black voters in Alabama … pic.twitter.com/e40giKH80r
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) December 6, 2017
But African American critics of the flyer think the ad hits a sour note and is borderline racist.
“I feel it was putting you in a position to vote based on race, versus the correct candidate, or a candidate,” Alabama resident Veronica Jones told WHNT News 19. She said she didn’t think it was the correct way to address Alabama’s minority community, if that was the Jones campaign’s intent. She added, “Just state the facts, what are you going to do for that target area, and be done.”
The voter conclued, saying she was shocked that the ad came from the Doug Jones campaign, “I think it was the wrong way to go overall,” she said about the flyer.
Writing at the black-centric website The Root, Michael Harriot shredded the ad:
Someone, probably a white man, thought that the image would resonate with Black people and motivate them to get out the vote. It’s as if Black people were considering voting for the child molester until some brilliant strategist posited: ‘What if he were Black, though?’ The flyer is reductive in its oversimplification of the black mind as only caring about Black issues. While it might not be racist, it is certainly racist adjacent.
“Part of the reason the Democratic Party has been marginalized as a party that only exists on the coasts and in urban areas is whitemannery like this,” Harriot said. “The Democratic Party is trash. It is the reason Hillary Clinton lost. It is the reason Donald Trump is president.”
Harriot also attacked Republicans and Roy Moore, but said Democrats “treat blacks in the South like stepchildren from a previous marriage: They’ll have us over for weekends and election holidays, smile and act nice, but they don’t really do sh*t for us. They treat the new kids better. The white ones.”
The ad also didn’t sit too well with many on social media:
Black voters are the base of the Democratic party. Looking at this ad, it's clear that #Alabama party leaders only care about our votes, not our issues, our community, or our voices.
— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) December 7, 2017
— Politics By Steve (@politicsbySteve) December 7, 2017
How low will the Jones campaign go in its effort to win? Only time will tell…
As we reported earlier, a shadowy pro-Jones super PAC launched ads telling voters their votes are a matter of public record and the “community” will know if they helped Moore or not. But, Huston said, “the Alabama Secretary of State’s office hastened to remind voters that votes are not recorded along with a voter’s name. All ballots are blind and no public records exist of who voted for whom.”
Another ad by the same group compared Moore to a mass murderer.
The special election takes place December 12.
On a final note, yours truly spoke with Rabbi Eric Walker about the Roy Moore election Monday morning. You can catch that video below:
- Despicable: Shadowy pro-Jones PAC ad compares Roy Moore to mass murderer Dylan Roof
- Pro-Jones PAC uses voter intimidation tactics: Ads claims ‘vote is public record,’ will know if you helped Roy Moore
- Roy Moore takes commanding lead as majority of Alabama Republicans say allegations are false
- Largest Tea Party Facebook group to host Judge Roy Moore Day on Sunday, Dec 10
- The NBRA Endorses Judge Roy Moore for Senate
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