It’s election day (find your polling place here). The news media are, once again, coming up short in reporting on actual issues U.S. voters should consider at the ballot box (we’ve been busy pushing misinformation about the Ebola virus that fans paranoia and racism, while also focusing intently on a heavily edited, heavily biased catcalling video designed to grab superficial headlines and airtime).
All Digitocracy wants voters to be better informed when they go to the polls today. And so we use this opportunity to highlight the most racist political ads of the 2014 political season. People say they don’t like’em, but these negative ads have always been effective. Vote responsibly.
Up first, because you just can’t trust black or brown people:
Nor can we be trusted to know what’s in our own best interests. This one gets bonus points for exploiting the history of slavery AND a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.
And of course, those “illegal immigrants” and gays are also part of the attack ad mix.
Throw in the alleged threat to U.S. jobs and same-sex marriage too for good measure. And look, it even features a black couple looking all happily ever after. But, but, they usually use black people as a way to underscore the myth that black Americans don’t value marriage the same way other races do. Which is it?
It’s not racist to show the opposition as much as possible with the image of an unpopular president. But it might be when that president is black and those behind the ad make him look darker than he really is. The darker, the more sinister, the better. Oh, the drama!
We can’t forget our terrorist-loving political candidates in. What would the election be without them?
And it just wouldn’t be a modern-day, cable news-driven election cycle without Fox News’ political spin.
It’s not just Republicans who are using racist and divisive racial advertising tactics this election season. Check out what the Georgia Democratic Party is doing. Racist? Maybe not, but certainly racially charged.