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Brexit Marketed as Racist to Get Black Voters

racist-brexit-lunacyAn advertising campaign sparked fury last night amid claims it portrays a Brexit supporter as an aggressive White skinhead.  A poster designed to encourage people from ethnic minorities to vote in the EU referendum shows an elderly Asian woman and a tattooed white thug facing each other on a see-saw.  Its promoters, Operation Black Vote (OBV), claimed the campaign highlights the ‘demonisation of foreigners and people of colour’ in the referendum campaign.  The group’s core funding comes from the Left-wing Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the charity that funds the Media Standards Trust – which spawned privacy group Hacked Off. Its director is in the Remain camp.  But critics last night lambasted the ‘repugnant’ and ‘deplorable’ poster – produced by advertising firm Saatchi and Saatchi – which they said encouraged ‘sectarian politics’.  Tory MP Peter Bone said: ‘The real situation is actually a reverse of what the poster implies. Many ethnic minorities in my constituency think the EU system… is grossly unfair. What they are suggesting is wrong. It seems to be a pretty repugnant poster.’  Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: ‘I supported Operation Black Vote, I want to engage people in all communities to get involved in our democracy, but I’m afraid this poster is a really big mistake.’  He called the image ‘deplorable, disgusting and divisive’ because it takes us ‘down a route of sectarian politics’ – and accused OBV of ‘trying to divide society’.  The poster – which features the slogan ‘a vote is a vote’ – will be shown on 37 digital billboards in London and Manchester in the run-up to the poll.

[1] Brexit Marketed as Racist to Get Black Voters, Red Ice TV, May 26, 2016
[3] Angela Dewan, ‘Brexit’ foes trade barbs on race as debate heats up, CNN, 10:35 AM ET, Thu May 26, 2016
[5] William James, ‘Skinhead’ Brexit vote poster criticized for playing on race, Reuter, Thu May 26, 2016 1:36pm EDT


About Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace is a self-fashioned writter, a computer programmer and cybermarketer from Quebec City, Canada who decided to enter the political arena after his disillusionment with the socialist system under which he was living in the French Canadian province of Quebec.

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