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During the Superbowl on February 5, 2012, a campaign ad for Pete Hoekstra, a Republican candidate for the Senate, ran. This ad featured a young woman of Asian descent riding a bicycle, surrounded by rice paddies with ethnically ambiguous music playing in the background. She gives a monologue in broken English on how the Democratic incumbent, Debbie Stabenow, is bringing jobs to her undisclosed country. The video leaves off with a link to Hoekstra’s website, www.debbiespenditnow.com, which has been decorated with tea pots, dragons, lanterns, and Chinese symbols. The website also shows off the stereotypical “Asian” font displaying different statistics about China’s economy in comparison to that of the United States. Hoekstra not only groups all of Asia together in this geographically vague ad, but also selects and appropriates different cultural and historical symbols to be used mindlessly in his ignorant and close-minded website.

Asian and Pacific Islander representation in mainstream media has always been that of a subordinate, comedic, or simply blatantly racist role. In the past decade that has slowly but surely began to change. However, aggressively offensive videos like this ad reinforces negative and harming stereotypes that have already raged for far too long. This video encourages racism and xenophobia, with McCarthy-like tactics of drilling fear of another culture and people into the American people.

Hoekstra defended his ad, saying that “Democrats trying to make this an issue of race demonstrates their total ignorance of job creation policies.” Hoekstra’s campaign team has also disabled commenting and rating on the Youtube video itself and purged most negative feedback on his Facebook page. Even GOP campaign consultants such as Nick De Leeuw and Mike Murphy have condemned the ad, calling it “very, very dumb” and “racist and xenophobic”.

This is a disgusting attempt at turning American people against anyone of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The Asian American community is one of the fastest growing in Michigan and as deeply impacted by job losses and the unstable economy as any other community. The ad must be pulled and a public apology given as soon as possible. We must not let racism continue to live on through the broadcasting of this ad and through Hoekstra’s vile campaign.

During the Superbowl on February 5, 2012, a campaign ad for Pete Hoekstra, a Republican candidate for the Senate, ran. This ad featured a young woman of Asian descent riding a bicycle, surrounded by rice paddies with ethnically ambiguous music playing in the background. She gives a monologue in broken English on how the Democratic incumbent, Debbie Stabenow, is bringing jobs to her undisclosed country. The video leaves off with a link to Hoekstra’s website, www.debbiespenditnow.com, which has been decorated with tea pots, dragons, lanterns, and Chinese symbols. The website also shows off the stereotypical “Asian” font displaying different statistics about China’s economy in comparison to that of the United States. Hoekstra not only groups all of Asia together in this geographically vague ad, but also selects and appropriates different cultural and historical symbols to be used mindlessly in his ignorant and close-minded website.

Asian and Pacific Islander representation in mainstream media has always been that of a subordinate, comedic, or simply blatantly racist role. In the past decade that has slowly but surely began to change. However, aggressively offensive videos like this ad reinforces negative and harming stereotypes that have already raged for far too long. This video encourages racism and xenophobia, with McCarthy-like tactics of drilling fear of another culture and people into the American people.

Hoekstra defended his ad, saying that “Democrats trying to make this an issue of race demonstrates their total ignorance of job creation policies.” Hoekstra’s campaign team has also disabled commenting and rating on the Youtube video itself and purged most negative feedback on his Facebook page. Even GOP campaign consultants such as Nick De Leeuw and Mike Murphy have condemned the ad, calling it “very, very dumb” and “racist and xenophobic”.

This is a disgusting attempt at turning American people against anyone of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. The Asian American community is one of the fastest growing in Michigan and as deeply impacted by job losses and the unstable economy as any other community. The ad must be pulled and a public apology given as soon as possible. We must not let racism continue to live on through the broadcasting of this ad and through Hoekstra’s vile campaign.

Civil Rights leader Rev. Charles Williams II, calls for immediate apology from Pete Hoekstra to Asian Community for racist ad making fun of Asians.

What: Press Conference

Who:
King Solomon Baptist Church
Rhema International Church
Greater Mt. Tabor Baptist Church
National Action Network Michigan
National Council for Community Empowerment

When: Monday, February 6th 2012@, 10:30a.m.

Where:
6100 14th Street Detroit, MI

Detroit- 2/6/12 – Republican candidate for U.S Senate Pete Hoekstra endorsed and appeared in a new campaign commercial launched during the Super Bowl last night. The add featured a young woman speaking in broken English in Asian accent. Eclectablog featured the video on www.eclectablog.com.

GOP consultant Nick De Leeuw said:

“Stabenow has got to go. But shame on Pete Hoekstra for that appalling new advertisement,” De Leeuw wrote on his Facebook page Sunday morning. “Racism and xenophobia aren’t any way to get things done.”

Rev. Charles Williams II said: “If Pete Hoekstra does not see any wrong in this commercial, he doesn’t deserve to be in the race. The Asian woman speaking in this video would be no different than him having a black person speaking in slave dialect. He needs to apologize now!”

Rev. Maurice L. Rudds said, “The politics of racial division is alive and well in hoekstra’s campaign. What’s next? A commercial mocking African American hip hoppers.”

The coalition of leaders are calling on a formal apology from Pete Hoekstra and urge him to pull down the add immediately.

Rev. Charles Williams is the pastor of the Historic King Solomon Baptist church, and state director of Rev. Al Sharptons National Action Network. Rev. Maurice L. Rudds is the pastor of Greater Mt. Tabor Baptist church, and president of National Council for Community Empowerment, Michigan Chapter.

For more information contact 313-303-8002

(Source: bloggingformichigan.com)