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Friday, March 07, 2008
white for skin and red for dying:
Kevin Drum comes to the defense of the skin-darkening ad. He points to a factcheck.org analysis for support. The whole defense is unpersuasive in the extreme.
Factcheck.org says it got ahold of a high-quality version of the ad in which it's lighter. Well, OK. Why the version released by the campaign on YouTube is darker is still confusing. But more confusing still is factcheck.org's subsequent... concession that the ad makes Obama appear darker-skinned than he is:
Furthermore, our analysis of the Obama frames, using Photoshop, shows a fairly uniform darkening of the entire image including the backdrop. It is not just Obama's skin color that's affected.So the ad did darken Obama's face. It's irrelevant that the ad didn't darken him selectively. What's relevant is that he appears darker. There is absolutely no reason to do that except to exploit white racist fears of black people. After the comparisons between Obama and Jesse Jackson; after Clinton's refusal to forthrightly state that Obama is a Christian after they attended a prayer breakfast; after suggesting that states with heavily black populations don't in some sense matter, how much benefit of the doubt does Clinton deserve?
im really not trying to troll here, but you cant think of any other reasons why he might appear darker--granting that he even does; he really doesn't seem any darker in the kdrum A/B--in the clinton ad? i take it you've never worked in image editing; preserving color and level fidelity between media is very difficult and requires lots of calibration and carefulness. given that (and given that the clinton ad really doesn't seem any darker to the naked eye, and that the darkening might have something to do with, oh, i dunno, negative campaigning in general?), should you really be so quick to throw out racism accusations?