Democrats cry racism over campaign poster showing black SF mayor smoking with stack of money
A Republican election poster intended as a caricature of incumbent San Francisco mayor London Breed, showing her with her feet on the table, counting dollar bills and puffing a joint, has sparked accusations of racism.
The poster popped up on the streets of the Golden City as it braces for mayoral elections set for November 5. The ad was sponsored by the only Republican candidate in the race, Chinese-American Ellen Lee Zhou.Also on rt.com ‘No better than monkey chants’: Thuram blasted for claiming racism is part of ‘white culture’
Made in a cartoonish style, the poster shows a black woman in a red clinging dress sitting with her high heels kicked up on a desk. The woman clutches a stack of greenbacks in her left hand and a joint in the right and appears to be dreaming. A long queue of people with price tags hanging around their necks is drawn in a thought bubble coming from the woman’s head. In the left corner of the poster, a man with a pack of dollar bills is carrying away a toddler. “Stop slavery and human trafficking in SF. Vote Nov.5, 2019 Ellen Zhou for Mayor,” the slogan reads.
This racist campaign billboard against Mayor @LondonBreed is disgusting & has no place in our political discourse.The candidate for Mayor who placed the billboard, Ellen Zhao, is a Trump supporter, so, while despicable, this racism isn’t surprising. https://t.co/FarOFq4oSv— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) October 20, 2019
Zhou, the only Republican challenging incumbent mayor London Breed, has faced a barrage of criticism over the poster, which Democrats argue is an example of racial baiting.
“This blatantly racist and sexist ad has no place in our political discourse or our city,” Maggie Muir, adviser for Breed, told the Hill.
Breed herself said that she was “pretty shocked” by the display, adding many supporters who “were really upset and hurt and outraged” reached out to her as well.
Another Democrat, California Assemblyman David Chiu, has joined the outrage, saying that the ad “perpetuates racist, sexist and misogynistic stereotypes.”
Faced with backlash, Zhou did not back down, insisting there was nothing racist about the poster. Firing back at her critics, the politician said that whoever tries to play a racial card had been “brainwashed.”Also on rt.com Blinding whiteness of ‘party of diversity’ spawns #DemDebateSoWhite hashtag
“No matter what — you look at my face — I am not a racist. I am Chinese-American. I am running for mayor. I care about San Francisco,” she said, adding that by refusing debates with either of her opponents, three of whom are Caucasian men and two are Asian Americans, Breed behaves like a racist herself.
Zhou argued that the poster was merely a satirical take on Breed’s policies. “The mayor makes $350,000 a year while people are dying on the streets — they have to pick their dead bodies up. A mayor getting a big fat raise while people are dying,” she said.
While many on social media sided with Breed, other netizens called her out for brushing off all the criticism by invoking her race and gender without addressing the issue at hand.
“It’s a stupid billboard with abysmal artwork to boot. Yet London Breed happens to be black, so it’s hard for me to see the racism here. Politicians counting money has been a staple of political cartoons for hundreds of years,” one commenter tweeted.
It’s a stupid billboard with abysmal artwork to boot. Yet London Breed happens to be black, so it’s hard for me to see the racism here. Politicians counting money has been a staple of political cartoons for hundreds of years.— Jay Hinman (@HinmanJay) October 20, 2019
There is nothing racist about this. It seems to be very accurate, she just sits around and doesn’t do a damn thing - look at our streets!!! Covered in feces despite the billions we are spending! And she gave herself an A... She needs to go— JessSF (@JCCali) October 20, 2019
London Breed happens to be an African American. Anyone who disagrees with the Mayor’s policies we can label him/her as racist? #Ellen4mayor2019 focuses on Breed’s issues. Stop using racist to shut ppl up against incompetent politicians.— Wendy Wong (@WendyWwong) October 21, 2019
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