Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The (Black)Face of the GOP

From the party that brought you Jesse Helms, Lee Atwater, the Willie Horton ads, and "Barack the Magic Negro," comes this latest contribution to American diversity:
The Republican National Committee is trying to revise--or is it "un-whitewash"?--its image with a new advertising campaign, "Republican Faces." If you visit the RNC website, you'll see that they are trying to include a variety of persons important to the Republican Party...including the tenuous appropriation of certain historical figures (many of them African American) who are probably spinning in their graves right now, knowing that they are being closely associated with such figures as Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the various "journalists" at Fox News.

Try this: go to the RNC website and keep clicking the refresh button. That way, you'll come up with a new face each time. And you know one thing that you'll notice? Almost all of the faces you see aren't the kind you'd normally find at Republican rallies, town hall meetings, and on the Sunday morning talk shows...that is, doughy older angry white guys.

Yobie Benjamin, at the San Francisco Chronicle, has noticed that the backdrop of their website looks curiously like the flag of the People's Republic of China.

Thank you, Michael Steele, for helping us to laugh at you...again.

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