Democrats Run Racist Ad Against Rossi

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Check out this ad from the Washington Democrats. It tries to draw a link between Rossi and organized crime by playing the theme from The Sopranos.

If you don't get it, ask yourself: if Ron Sims were running for office and an ad ran against him playing the Geto Boys' "Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta," would that be acceptable? Of course not. It's racism.

This is beyond mere racial insensitivity: it is trying to play off stereotypes of a racial group to create a negative image of someone in that group. That is racism. And it is astonishing to see it coming from the Democratic Party.

After writing this up, I was told that the Italian Club of Seattle has issued its views on the subject, and unsurprisingly, they agree: "Whether the State Democratic Party thought it clever to link Rossi to Italian-American criminals through the use of a popular mobster TV show is irrelevant; it is distasteful, and it is racist."

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