There's nothing really similar about this situation and that of the Willie Horton ads back in 1988. The point of this story above is that saying Native should stay quiet about this issue because it works against their best interests by playing into the GOP endgame is a condenscending and patronizing argument. It might benefit Scott Brown in some respect, but that doesn't alter the weird and disgusting manner in which Warren has conducted herself on this. It's not casting her as the bogeyman, like Lee Atwater's ads did. Also, I'd say the imagery of the Willie horton ads capitalized on latent fears of African-Americans, but the underlying point was that Dukakis had implemented weekend furloughs for first-degree murderers. Horton had stabbed to death a kid who worked at a convenience store, and was thereafter sentenced to life in prison. When Dukakis expanded the furlough program in Massachusetts prisons to include those incarcerated for life, Horton, not supririnsgly, never came back from one of his weekends away. Several months later, he broke into a couples' home, terrorized them for an extensive stretch of hours, beat the man, and raped the woman.
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 18:55