NAACP Says GOP Ad Inserts 'Racist Sentiments' Into Election

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

The North Carolina branch of the NAACP says a Republican advertisement that includes a clip of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's former pastor inserts "racist sentiments" into election.

NAACP leaders blasted the North Carolina GOP on Friday for producing an ad that shows a clip of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's anti-U.S. comments. The group said the ad takes Wright's words out of context in an effort to smear the black community and insert racist sentiments into the election.

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber compared the ad to the media campaign of 1898. The campaign preceded the race riots in Wilmington in which white supremacists overthrew the local black government.

State GOP Chairwoman Linda Daves has said the ad has nothing to do with race and that an attempt to inject race is despicable and wrong.

Dean Says McCain Lacks Leadership

The head of the Democratic party says John McCain lacks leadership by not getting a controversial TV ad pulled.

Yesterday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee asked North Carolina Republican party leaders to pull the ad. The state Republican party says it still plans to air the controversial ad against Barack Obama, Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore.

National Democratic Chairman Howard Dean today said this was a test of McCain's leadership abilities. Dean questioned if McCain can't pick up the phone and make his own party members stop running a TV ad, then how could he lead the country.

Late this afternoon, state Republican chair Linda Daves said the ad will start airing next week, “Contrary to any media reports, the ‘Extreme’ ad will run as scheduled next week. There has never been any intention to pull the ad and it will air. "


John McCain wants the North Carolina Republican Party not to air what he calls an offensive television ad.

The TV ad has not aired yet, but a preview copy that's on the party's web site says Barack Obama is "too extreme for North Carolina." The ad also says both the two Democratic front runners for governor have endorsed Obama.

In an e-mail to state party chair Linda Daves, McCain said the ad "degrades our civics and distracts us from the very real differences we have with the Democrats."

McCain said he implores the state party not to run the advertisement.

GOP spokesman Brent Woodcox says the ad will begin running statewide Monday.

Text of John McCain's Email

Dear Chairman Daves,

From the beginning of this election, I have been committed to running a respectful campaign based upon an honest debate about the great issues confronting America today. I expect all state parties to do so as well. The television advertisement you are planning to air degrades our civics and distracts us from the very real differences we have with the Democrats. In the strongest terms, I implore you to not run this advertisement.

This ad does not live up to the very high standards we should hold ourselves to in this campaign. We need to run a campaign that is worthy of the people we seek to serve. There is no doubt that we will draw sharp contrasts with the Democrats on fundamental issues critical to the future course of our country. But we need not engage in political tactics that only seek to divide the American people.

Once again, it is imperative that you withdraw this offensive advertisement.

John McCain

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  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 28, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    To; devil dog, jonathan, mary, ted, and mike, outstanding comments. right on the money. to the all knowing and know it all blog refuter, why waste your time addressing us mere mortals. you seem needy and troubled,,can any of us invest in you, as possibly a mentor ? maybe we can enroll you in a help program?? just trying to help
  • by Chris Location: Jamesville on Apr 28, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    I am outraged that "racist" comments like Mary's on April 25th are allowed to post. This is what she said, "Are you kidding me right now. Alot of blacks are handed everything to them while the white man goes out to work, pay taxes so the black man can sit around and wait for the postman to bring them their check. Im not saying that all black people do this but there is a vast majority of blacks." There are just as many white people on the welfare system also using fraudulent means to "Get Money". I pay more taxes than most couples do and I am a black man not waiting to collect a check from the postman. Please refrain from allowing stereotypes like these to enter blogs. Many folks feel that the minister's comments were racist and the fact that Obama sat and listened indicated that he condoned it. Does that mean that WITN condoned Mary's comments since they were allowed it to post despite rules admonishing racist comments??? Think about that people.
  • by Nick on Apr 28, 2008 at 01:12 PM
    I am feed up with the United States of the offended. You can not legitimately criticize anyone with out being called a racist. Until we can have honest open discussions, nothing will ever change. "Get over it".
  • by do what Location: nc on Apr 28, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    naacp are the racist here
  • by rosebud Location: lagrange on Apr 28, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    Lay aside the black-white issue. No man of God uses the G.D. word in the house of the Lord. No excuses! Remember on judgement day it will be one on one. May God have mercy on his soul, amen.
  • by John Location: Mount Olive on Apr 28, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    Its time for the NAACP to re-think their position or they will fade away as a racist origization that they have become. In their beginning, it was a good orgization that truely wanted to help advance people of color. Now, they are so eager to call anything that a black does not get or reflects poorly on a person of color; racist. How can they even attempt to condone the preachings of Reverend Wright? Come on folks, Reverend Wright is more than anti-American, he is anti-White. If this is not true racism, tell what is. As for Obama not agreeing with Wright's views; if he sit in that church for 20 years listening to Rev Wright; he too is racist whether you want to admit it or not.
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Apr 27, 2008 at 05:32 PM
    Raising taxes, while in a recession, is a recipe for a depression. Check out the prelude to 1929.
  • by Joe Sixpack Location: Williamston on Apr 27, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    Obama and Hillary both openly say they would raise taxes if elected....guess 1/3 of my check now isn't enough.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Apr 27, 2008 at 03:47 PM
    If obama had a clip like this involving Clinton and McCain he would surely use it. Please tell me what is racist about this clip? Did the man say "God daxx America" from the pit or not? Yes, I've seen the clip.
  • by hope Location: NC on Apr 27, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    Keep it coming D'Dog & Refuter! The education system in NC is a joke! We have lowered our standards (dumbed down)because all were not keeping up. This has been going on for years & years now. Many of our HS grads are NOT prepared when they enter college. Our system rewards those that sit back (of all races,creeds,colors) & choose to do nothing. Knowledge is power. I believe we are heading into another Depression. I feel bad for those losing their homes YET why should my taxes bail out those living beyond their means & the irresponsible lending institutions that led them. It should not be the governments responsibility to feed, clothe, house, etc... able bodied "ignorant folks".There may have been a time when the NAACP did good works. This no longer holds true. We are in serious trouble as this country is spiraling downward at a rapid rate. Maybe the NAACP could redirect some attention toward the advancement of all American people. God help us help ourselves!

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