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Republican-Supporting Ad Says White Democrats Want to Lynch Black Men When ‘White Girl Screams Rape’

A radio advertisement being run in Arkansas in support of Republican Representative French Hill features exaggerated  slang and vernacular that could be associated with stereotypes in the African-American community. The ad claims that black voters should support Hill and Republicans because Democrats want to lynch black men when “a white girl screams rape.” The radio spot, which is not endorsed by Hill, was paid for by the PAC Black Americans for the President’s Agenda.

In a statement to Newsweek about the ad Thursday, Hill said: “I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms. There’s no place in Arkansas for this nonsense.”

The ad seeks to capitalize on the recent heated battle to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, in which the now-justice was accused of sexual misconduct by three women. One of the accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982.

However, many conservatives, including President Donald Trump, claimed the episode was one that should leave men fearful that they could have their lives derailed by false claims of sexual misconduct.

“Our Congressman French Hill, and the Republicans, know that it’s dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to the presumption of guilt, especially for black men,” the ad begins in what is intended to reflect an exaggerated African-American voice. “If the Democrats can do that to a white justice of the Supreme Court, with zero evidence, no corroboration and all of her witnesses including her best friend saying it didn't happen, what will happen to our husbands, our father or our sons when a white girl lies on them?”

 



Another woman with a mock African-American accent then interjects: “Girl, white Democrats will be lynching black folk again.”

 

“If you get caught, she will cry rape,” says one of the voices.

The ad concludes: “I’m voting to keep French Hill and the Republicans because we have to protect our men and boys. We can't afford to let white Democrats take us back to bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences and lynchings when a white girl screams rape.”

Hill is currently in a tight race for re-election in Arkansas’s 2nd District up against Democrat Clarke Tucker.

republican ad, black men, white women, rape, french hill French Hill, U.S. Representative for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District, speaks at The 2017 Concordia Annual Summit at the Grand Hyatt New York, on September 18, 2017. An Arkansas radio ad running in in support of Hill features what could be heard as exaggerated stereotypes of African-Americans. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit