Tell Media Executives: Stop Running Racist Political Ads
The 2020 campaign season is heating up, which means the number of political ads running on TV and online is skyrocketing.
Many of these ads are violent and racist and were created to demonize people of color and divide our nation.
During the September Democratic presidential debate, ABC stations — including those owned by notorious right-wing broadcaster Sinclair — ran a racist ad targeting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
A powerful woman of color, Ocasio-Cortez is a favorite target of the GOP and affiliated right-wing groups, including Fox News. The ad showed the representative's face burning in effigy before it cut to images from the Cambodian genocide — attempting to connect her political ideology with the one that led to the deaths of nearly 2 million people.
Let’s be clear: This ad is racist, dishonest and violent and it never should have aired. ABC should apologize for running it. It’s unacceptable for networks to profit off of racism and fear-mongering.
The language in the ad, which was paid for by New Faces GOP, echoes the dehumanizing, racist rhetoric spewed by President Trump and his enablers and amplified by Fox and Sinclair.
The 2020 election season is in full swing and we know this is only a preview of coming attractions.
Demand that news networks refuse to air political ads promoting racism and other forms of hate. The lives of communities of color are more important than the networks’ bottom lines.