Thursday, July 31, 2008

Finding racism

Earlier today I mentioned McCain's anti-Obama ad. This places Obama in the context of Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears - two women currently known more for being famous than for accomplishing anything. Bill Press of Huffington asks why these two?
Of all the famous celebrities they could have compared Obama to, why not Tom Cruise? Or Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Donald Trump, or Oprah Winfrey? Why Britney Spears and Paris Hilton? Why two white blond bimbos?
I thought that the answer was obvious - Tom, Arnold, Donald, and Oprah all have major accomplishments to their names. The point of the ad is to compare Obama who has few qualifications for the presidency to two people who are better known for their personal lives than their accomplishments. Schwarzenegger especially would be a poor choice since he is a successful governor.

That's not how Press sees it. He sees a dark conspiracy, placing two white blonds in the context of a black man can only be racist manipulation.
In juxtaposing Barack Obama with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, the McCain campaign is simply trying to plant the old racist seed of black man hitting on young white woman. Not directly, but subliminally and disgracefully.

So any anti-Obama ad showing a woman is a subliminal message? Had the ad limited itself to blacks then Press would be complaining that it was reminding us of Obama's dark skin. Some people are determined to find racism everywhere, regardless of actual intent.

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