Alvin McEwen and Pam Spaulding microscopically deconstruct a North Carolina ad supporting the initiative to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships via an amendment to the state's constitution.
The ad exploits economic and racial issues. A young man at the beginning of the ad gives the impression that if the referendum does not pass, then it will be difficult to combat poverty. And then he uses the “activist judges” talking points and that really bothers me. As an African-American man I bristle when I see another African-American using the talking points of “activist judges overturning the will of the people.” And while I am sure the man in question is reading cue cards (rather well I might add), someone should school him that if it weren’t for supposed “activist judges,” we wouldn’t have the decisions of Loving vs. Virginia (which overturned laws against interracial marriage) or Brown vs. the Board of Education (which overturned segregation laws.)