This ad is the most implicitly racist and xenophobic of the political season that I’ve seen. It’s the new ad Senator Clinton is playing going into the Texas, Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island primary weekend. It is a tool to paint Barack Obama “soft on terror/crime” and Hillary Clinton stands at the ready to “defend” America.
MEANING: Hillary Clinton will kill for America. And most likely it will be some non-white people.
This is disgusting. [That’s not to say I don’t have critiques about Obama’s theories on going into Pakistan, or pulling out of Iraq to scale up actions in Afghanistan.] But this ad? REALLY?
UPDATE: A reader (and potentially new BFF) sent me this new Op-ed from Orlando Patterson in the New York Times, who basically spells out my point:
“For more than a century, American politicians have played on racial fears to divide the electorate and mobilize xenophobic parties. Blacks have been the “domestic enemy,” the eternal outsider within, who could always inspire unity among “we whites.” Richard Nixon’s Southern strategy was built on this premise, using coded language — “law and order,” “silent majority” — to destroy the alliance between blacks and white labor that had been the foundation of the Democratic Party, and to bring about the Republican ascendancy of the past several decades. The Willie Horton ad that George H. W. Bush used against Michael Dukakis in 1988 was a crude manifestation of this strategy — as was the racist attack used against John McCain’s daughter, who was adopted from Bangladesh, in the South Carolina Republican primary in 2000.”