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The Celebrity Factor

News Analysis by Organizer JB

Comparing Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton is racist? To many folks, at first blush, the silly McCain ads may not have seem racialized, but NY Times columnist Bob Herbert sheds some interesting perspective of how White America still is “…freakishly hung up on the idea of black men rising above their station and becoming sexually involved with white women.”

Mr. Herbert also makes astute observations on the broad racist overtones to the Right’s response to Mr. Obama’s campaign:

The racial fantasy factor in this presidential campaign is out of control. It was at work in that New Yorker cover that caused such a stir. (Mr. Obama in Muslim garb with the American flag burning in the fireplace.) It’s driving the idea that Barack Obama is somehow presumptuous, too arrogant, too big for his britches — a man who obviously does not know his place.

Here’s a news piece on the “Obama Celebrity Ad” for those who missed it.

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