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White gubernatorial candidate slammed for juxtaposing her face over MLK’s in ‘tone deaf’ campaign ad

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A white gubernatorial candidate in Georgia faces mounting criticism over a campaign advertisement that features her face fading into a photo of Martin Luther King, Jr.

As The Root reported Thursday, Democratic state representative Stacey Evans’ ad, which centers on her visiting King’s childhood church in Atlanta, the has been accused of being tantamount to blackface.

In the ad, Evans speaks with parishioners at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood, eventually culminating in the offensive fade-in before cutting to her campaign slogan, “Bringing HOPE back to Georgians.”

Evans, who was reportedly not authorized to film inside Ebenezer but did anyway, has been summarily dissed for the misstep.

“You have no diversity on your team & apparently don’t understand its value,” CNN commentator and former South Carolina state legislator Bakari Sellers tweeted along with a link to the “tone deaf” ad.

“Superimposing Dr. King’s face over your candidate’s does not move you closer to uniting us all,” activist Anoa Changa wrote in response to the ad. “Our legacy and struggle are not to be used as props to push people across the finish line.”

Evans’ campaign responded to the criticism in a since-deleted Instagram post by claiming the criticism was directed by her Democratic primary rival, fellow former state legislator and author Stacey Abrams, who The Root noted is running to become the first black woman governor in the United States.

“No matter how much others may seek division for political gain, we will remain focused on bringing Georgians together to win this election and accomplish those goals,” Evans said in a statement.

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Trump’s horsewhip-carrying chief of protocol will resign after intimidating State Department staff: report

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President Donald Trump's chief of protocol plans to step down just ahead of the G-20 summit in Japan, according to Bloomberg News.

Sean Lawler, whose job includes assisting the president in diplomatic talks overseas and with foreign leaders in the White House, faces an investigation from the State Department's inspector general for intimidating subordinates, including carrying a horsewhip around the office.

The president reportedly did not care for Lawler, at one point asking officials why he still works at the White House.

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Jerry Falwell, Jr blasted as ‘un-Christian prat’ after trying to defend Donald Trump in battle with Southern Baptist ethics chief

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Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. was ripped online for attempting to rationalize President Donald Trump's detention camps for children.

Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, posted on Twitter an Associated Press story on the "perilous conditions" at a Texas Border Patrol station holding 300 children.

"The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge from violence back home. We can do better than this," Moore wrote.

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How one woman taunting a homeless McDonald’s employee turned his life around

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A woman in Fayette County, Georgia recently took to Facebook to disparage a McDonald's worker who was sleeping in the restaurant. "I go and tell an employee there is someone is asleep in their booth and her response was 'oh yeah, we know hee hee, it's ok' and I said 'not really but whatever,'" she wrote.

It turned out the sleeping employee, Simon Childs, is a 21-year-old homeless father who had recently lost his mother and was trying to catch some rest between multiple shifts at the restaurant.

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