NY Times on the 3AM Hillary Ad…

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from The Satirical Political Report: “NOW, JUST CALM DOWN. AFTER 35 YEARS OF RESCUING BILL FROM HIS CRASHES, NO ONE’S MORE QUALIFIED THAN ME TO BAIL YOU OUT.”

From NY Times:

The Red Phone in Black and White

“I have spent my life studying the pictures and symbols of racism and slavery, and when I saw the Clinton ad’s central image — innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal danger — it brought to my mind scenes from the past. I couldn’t help but think of D. W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” the racist movie epic that helped revive the Ku Klux Klan, with its portrayal of black men lurking in the bushes around white society. The danger implicit in the phone ad — as I see it — is that the person answering the phone might be a black man, someone who could not be trusted to protect us from this threat.

The ad could easily have removed its racist sub-message by including images of a black child, mother or father — or by stating that the danger was external terrorism. Instead, the child on whom the camera first focuses is blond. Two other sleeping children, presumably in another bed, are not blond, but they are dimly lighted, leaving them ambiguous. Still it is obvious that they are not black — both, in fact, seem vaguely Latino”

Edit:

Very controversial topic!!!

Also see:

Hillary Clinton, “White Americans” Comment, 3AM Ad, and Canons of Construction

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