Racist "Obama Phone" Ad Was Created By a Black Man
A new ad in Ohio plays to the worst of racial stereotypes
If you thought the 2012 presidential election wasn't going to get racial and get racial fast, boy were you wrong.
Just as the race has tightened up into almost a dead heat, a newly created Super PAC, Tea Party Victory Fund, debuted its new "Obama Gave Us a Phone" campaign ad.
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The ad stars an unidentified black woman yelling about the free phone she just got from President Barack Obama. She's asked a question by the cameraman to which she responds, "...you know minorities got Obama phone."
According to NewsOne, the ad is running in the "lily-white" counties of Lucas, Summit, and Mahoning in Ohio. The site also reports that the ad was created by a black man. Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s former secretary of state, is said to have written the campaign ad that asks, “Have Barack Obama’s policies empowered or enslaved Americans?“
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The worst part of the ad may not be that it was written by a black man, or even how the ad blatantly plays on the worst elements of racism and racial stereotypes. The worst part is that the "Obama phone" claim isn't even true.
"Although there is indeed a federal program, which provides low-income people with free or reduced-cost cell phones, it began in 2008 under President George W. Bush. The idea of providing subsidized phone service to low-income individuals originated with a program started under President Ronald Reagan."