When I saw Senator John Mc Cain new advertisement that positioned Senator Barack Obama between two white controversial young ladies, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, I wondered how the McCain strategists were couching this attack ad to appear as a positive gesture. As I read Jim Rutenberg's article "McCain Tries to Define Obama as Out of Touch" in the July 31, 2008 The New York Times, it was clear that McCain's people were successful in using an illusion to mask a very sinister racist ploy in the campaign.
Rutenberg wrote, "On Wednesday alone, the McCain campaign released a new advertisement suggesting — and not in a good way — that Mr. Obama was a celebrity along the lines of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Republicans tried to portray Mr. Obama as a candidate who believed the race was all about him, relying on what Democrats said was a completely inaccurate quotation.
"The Republican National Committee began an anti-Obama Web site called "Audacity Watch," a play on the title of Mr. Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope." And, in a concerted volley of television interviews, news releases and e-mail, campaign representatives attacked him on a wide range of issues, including tax policies and energy proposals."
I worry that Rutenberg's analysis is a boon for the McCain strategists who hoped it would pervade the mainstream debate. This deceptive campaign ploy looked at through the eyes of the post civil rights era mindset appears as a run-of-the-mill campaign mudslinging exercise. On the other hand, if the McCain ad is evaluated with a civil rights era mindset it suggests that McCain is building a Ku Klux Klan infrastructure in a potential White House staff.
The Great Chinese War Philosopher Sun Tzu teaches, "All warfare is based on deception." Therefore, let us look at the deception in the McCain advertisement. This ad appears to be underpinned by the anti-black infamous movie of D.W. Griffith, "The Birth of a Nation." The entertainment industry has been defining the perception of black Americans in the economic mainstream since, D. W. Griffith's infamous movie, "The Birth of a Nation." A TV Guide review of "The Birth of a Nation" may give the feeling that this movie was nothing more than a Ku Klux Klan propaganda film:
"Griffith's naive, deeply held, and unquestionably vicious notions of race and history are on full display here. Jim Crow is explicitly endorsed; slavery is romanticized; the Ku Klux Klan is glorified; lynching is condoned; and blacks are represented as simple-minded beasts driven primarily by lust and envy (another respect in which Griffith set the tone for many later Hollywood movies). On viewing the film at a special White House screening, President Woodrow Wilson (whose racial views weren't much different from Griffith's) famously observed that 'THE BIRTH OF A NATION' is 'like history written in lightning.' Far from it: it's more like ideology conveyed – unforgettably – in lightning, and the rhetorical power of this new medium was not lost on manipulators of opinion worldwide. . .
"In the film's second half, Griffith's warped view of the Reconstruction period – complete with venal carpetbaggers and their simian black stooges --forms the backdrop for a myth of national rebirth involving the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. After Flora Cameron (Mae Marsh) dies resisting a rape attempt at the hands of 'renegade Negro' Gus (white actor Walter Long in blackface), Ben, now known as The Little Colonel, organizes the Klan, thus countering the machinations of scheming mulatto Silas Lynch (George Siegmann) and restoring stability – i.e., a white supremacist social order – to the American South."
Mark Calney's article, "D. W. Griffith and 'The Birth of A Monster' How The Confederacy Revived The KKK and Created Hollywood" offers the power of the movies on shaping anti-black opinion. This article is printed in, "The American Almanac", January 11, 1993. ". . . Two phenomena was D.W. Griffith's 1915 motion picture The Birth of a Nation -- originally titled The Clansman -- a film which presented a re-writing of the actual history of post Civil War Reconstruction by the same Confederate traitors against whom the war had to be fought. It portrayed African-Americans in the post-Civil War South as depraved, lascivious beasts whose rampant lawlessness and alleged domination of the South -- through military force and control of the state legislatures -- threatened to destroy 'Southern civilization' and 'mongrelize the races.' The film asserts that this could only be stopped by the glorified lynchings and reign of terror carried out by the "honorable" new, secret order of the "chivalrous" Knights of the Ku Klux Klan."
The above comments give us a basis to relook at the McCain attack advertisement against Senator Barack Obama. Whites over sixty remember the anti-black mindset national psyche during the civil rights era. Many white working class people find themselves in sympathy with yesteryear's Ku Klux Klan positions. Since overt racist symbolisms of yesteryear would get McCain people defrocked in the media, they have chosen to exploit subtle symbols as a modern day code language. I will point out a few code messages in the recent advertisement.
1. Barack Obama is painted as the scheming mulatto Silas Lynch. This is to turn his white heritage into a disadvantage and pique disdain for the Obama campaign in the eyes of the white good ol' boys and girls.
2. Placing Obama between two white controversial females suggests that black men are lusting over white females and America is in the midst of a mongrelizing of the races movement that is a mortal sin for a Ku Klux Klansmen.
3. Obama is an uppity black (elitist), so media skullduggery is now legitimated as aggressive campaigning (attack ads).
4. Obama will enfranchise the African American vote through an overwhelming turnout, so right winger strategists must keep their audience consumed with racial hatred to avoid realizing their poor socioeconomic conditions can be solved by someone other than a white male.
It is difficult not to conclude that McCain's campaign team has been infiltrated by the Ku Klux Klan not he is a de facto member. I only ask you to consider that McCain approved of the race bating advertisement against Sen. Obama, so he clearly suggests that Klan antics are condoned in his campaign.
I guess I have to ponder what McCain means when he says he would rather lose the Presidency than lose a war. Does this statement carry another deception?