The Georgia governor’s race is projected to be very close, and Democratic contender Stacey Abrams would become the state’s first black governor if elected. In an effort to get out the vote, actor/comedian Will Farrell and Oprah Winfrey have been knocking on doors in support of Abrams.
It it is not uncommon either for robo-calls to be used to solicit votes. However, it was reported on Sunday that an alarmingly racist robo-call was going around the state of Georgia.
The call begins:
‘This is the magical Negro Oprah Winfrey asking you to make my fellow Negress Stacey Abrams the governor of Georgia.’
For about 60 minutes, the caller spews racism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny. One Facebook user posted an audio of the call for all to hear.
According to The Washington Post:
‘The video is made by TheRoadToPower.com, an anti-Semitic video podcasting website that the Anti-Defamation League says “has zeroed in on divisive political campaigns across the country,” including both races that feature a black candidate for governor. It’s unclear how many Oprah Winfrey robo-calls have been received.’
The call even labels Abrams as a “poor man’s aunt Jemima,” which refers to the black lady on the front of the pancake mix box. This image has long been derided as a racist symbol. The caller also says:
‘Years ago, the Jews who own the American media saw something in me – the ability to trick dumb white women into thinking I would like them and to do, read, and think what I told them to.’
The call ends with:
‘And so I promise that every single person who votes for Stacey Abrams, you’re going to get a new car! So you get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car! Everybody gets a car!’
One user tweeted:
The Abrams campaign responded to the robo-calls, calling them a “vile” attempt to sway voters using “poisonous thinking.” Abrams spokeswoman Abigail Collazo said in the statement:
‘It is not surprising that in a race that has consistently been very close, we’ve seen several weeks of increasing desperation from many dark corners trying to steal the election, cheat, lie, and prey on people’s fears rather than having the respect to listen to voters and speak to their hopes.’
Abram’s GOP opponent Brian Kemp called the robo-call “vile,” “racist” and “absolutely disgusting.” He said:
‘I stand against any person or organization that peddles this type of unbridled hate and unapologetic bigotry’
The Post reported:
‘The insidious tone of the poor-audio call was at odds with Winfrey’s words on the campaign trail. She and Abrams are both black women from Mississippi, and the media titan spoke of the sacrifices their ancestors had to make to obtain the right to vote.’
Oprah told voters:
‘Make your voice heard on Nov. 6. We have this incredible opportunity to make history. We have our inalienable right, because the one place that all people are equal is at the polls.
‘And I’m here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed, for the right of the equality of the polls. And I want you to know that their blood has seeped into my DNA, and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain.’
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