Shocking anti-health reform commercial: ‘I’m a racist’

By David Edwards
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 10:42 EDT
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“I guess I’m a racist,” declares a shocking video opposing health care reforms. Critics of reform apparently are saying they are unfairly being called racists.

The ad was created by conservative filmmaker Ray Griggs and some reports say it has appeared on Fox News.

Blogger Andrew Sullivan first noticed the ad Sunday.

I really haven’t heard anyone say that opposition to, say, the public option is rooted in racism. Maybe someone has, but it’s not exactly a meme. Conflating wider worries about the intensity of vaguely articulated loathing of Obama as racially tinged with specific worries about health insurance reform is, however, a useful piece of sophism.

“I think obscene is maybe the best word I can use to describe,” Princeton University’s Melissa Harris-Lacewell told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “It sucks all the rhetorical air out of the room. We now can’t have a conversation about either structural racism which exists in the health care system, the ways that race might be motivating some of the critiques about Barack Obama, nor can we even have a decent conversation about what’s wrong with the assertions about what the health care reform is because it’s such an appalling message.”

This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 7, 2009.

Download video via RawReplay.com

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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