(image submitted by 911-pleasehold)
I’ve seen this image floating around a lot lately, and it troubles me. It strikes me as “well my Black friend said it was OK” rhetoric that allows white conservatives to feel better about themselves for being terrible.
It doesn’t make me uncomfortable as a white liberal. I know the history of the Democratic party and Planned Parenthood. But I also know about Reagan’s racist War on Drugs and Welfare Queen fables, Santorum’s “no food stamps for blah people / Obama is a government nig UH” stance, and how the GOP has spent the past decade or so passing laws that specifically target PoC and other marginalized groups.
I don’t know why the actions of Democrats in the past trump those of Republicans now. And I especially don’t know why white conservatives feel the need to post a picture of a Black man (which could very easily be a MOTHERFUCKING STOCK PHOTO with some text on it) and say, “See, you’re the REAL racists!!!111”
I’d say it is definitely a stock photo with text slapped on it.
Here is the same guy in another similar image with a totally different message
And then here he is in a Cymbalta ad
With the power of stock photography you can make anyone say pretty much anything.