Two weeks ago, Lamar Advertising decided not to post racist billboard ads for the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License. This dealt a serious blow to the Coalition, who will likely be unable to continue with their original plan of canvasing North Carolina and then New Mexico with their racist imagery. However, the use of false, negative stereotypes, and particularly the exploitation of terrorism to emotionally blackmail a paranoid society, has not been interrupted. While arguably many people would see some relevance between terrorism and the Coalition’s anti-immigration agenda, I’m quite perplexed when it comes to the latest racist campaign.
The National Alliance… err, I mean, the Nutritional Health Alliance, so outraged by Senator Richard Durbin’s views on supplement/vitamin regulation, has launched a new flier campaign.
An interesting footnote regarding the Coalition’s billboards. It was commented on this site and others that the Arabic script on the top of the billboard was a random jumble of letters. However, if one were to read the script phonetically from left to right, it says:
“La Ya3tee Rukhsa Ila Erhabiyat North Carolina”
which means “don’t give license to the terrorists of North Carolina.”
Apparently, the Klan… err, I mean, the Coalition, couldn’t find an Arab, or even somebody that knows that Arabic reads from right to left, so they had to use a cheap translating program. If you go to their site now, they must’ve realized their own stupidity because their new billboard image does not include the Arabic script.