Where’s the controversy?
A white Texas man won a political campaign Tuesday in a heavily black area using an unconventional tactic — according to a local media outlet, he pretended to be black. However, Wilson reportedly thought the odds of a white conservative Republican winning in an overwhelmingly black Democratic district were low, so he turned to a tactic his opponent said was “disgusting.” “I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson said. “No, I didn’t expect to win.” According to KHOU-TV, Wilson’s campaign “printed direct mail pieces strongly implying that he’s black.” The materials reportedly featured his campaign slogan emblazoned next to the faces of smiling black individuals.
Dave Wilson here has done the same as any other politician has done. That’s why it’s called politics. Every politician tinkers and manipulates their campaign image to appear favorable to the voters.
If anything, this serves to demonstrate the “racism” of the voters. They voted for and got what they wanted. It’s doubtful that if Mr. Wilson was completely forthcoming about being white that these voters who went 80% for Obama in the last election would’ve gone his way.
It’s remarkable to me what people decry as racist when it’s simply a matter of preferences. The voters were just fooled by politics.