‘Meet the real Ashwin Madia”: Image Darkening Designed to Evoke Racial Fear in White Voters

According to KARE 11 television in Minneapolis, Republicans are blatantly playing the race card in a congressional contest in Minnesota:

A Republican attack ad invites viewers to “meet the real Ashwin Madia,” but the still photos featured in the spot present a noticeably darker version of the 3rd District DFL congressional candidate.

“At least three of the photos of Madia were obviously darkened, using one method or another,” public affairs and media consultant Dean Alger told KARE 11.

Here’s one of the images:

This is John McCain’s party. And Rush Limbaugh’s party. And Sarah Palin’s party.

I hope that the electorate does not reward such tactics with a victory for them.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to ‘Meet the real Ashwin Madia”: Image Darkening Designed to Evoke Racial Fear in White Voters

  1. 7he7th7rumpet says:

    I see parts of his face much lighter and parts darker. This is called contrast. So the image was converted to grayscale and the contrast increased. That is not darkening the image.

  2. santitafarella says:

    7th trumpet:

    With all due respect, the image obviously turns a man of Indian descent into one appearing to be African American.

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