Frankly they are all over the place here, and yes, racism crosses party lines. But it is insidious, you see, because racism has been a part of our society since the story of Cain and Abel was twisted into a race war.
I was raised in a country, you see, that let young school children form their opinions on African-Americans by reading this book.
I was raised in a country, you see, that had this kind of advertising and this kind of imagery on the outside of a box of pancake mix for decades.
And yes, I now live in an area where a DEMOCRATIC candidate for State Representative in HD 27 thinks that this is a perfectly proper rendering of her African-American opponent.
You know that is racist imagery, but Dora Olivo doesn’t. She, like me, was raised in a country that inundated its citizens with this kind of racist tripe through media and advertising. I learned to hate these racist messages.
Dora Olivo hasn’t because she continues to use ones like them to insert the kind of subtle racist messaging that I had hoped was a thing of the past.
Dora Olivo turns racism to her advantage in an eleventh hour hit piece on her African-American opponent, and that is deplorable.
This makes Olivo, herself, a racist. A racist who doesn’t know she’s a racist.
But she sure as H-E double hockey sticks should.