Recent polls show a very tight race in North Carolina where incumbent Senator Richard Burr (R) is trying to survive a challenge by Deborah Ross (D) and, to that end, the Burr campaign has produced an ad highlighting his alleged efforts to improve the lives of African American children.
The problem is the ad does not feature footage of any local children, it features stock videos and photos of African children.
One is titled “African teacher and school girls,” and is tagged with keywords like “non US location,” “South African culture,” “Africa,” African ethnicity,” and “African American ethnicity.”
The other is titled “Group of school children drawing” and is tagged things like “African ethnicity,” “education,” “Africa,” “African-American Ethnicity,” “South African Culture” and “Non U.S. location.”
The Burr campaign has responded to Talking Points Memo’s piece on the ad in a peculiar manner.
A spokesman for Burr responded by slamming his challenger Deborah Ross for her close association with the “radical” American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which, at least to me, seems like an odd way to shore up your pitch to disadvantage children and voters.
The ACLU isn’t perfect, but they do important work for minority and other disenfranchised communities.