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View Diary: AR-Sen: Hell to Pay: Chamber-backed group runs racist ad against Bill Halter (123 comments)

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  •  Awfully thin line (4+ / 0-)

    When a firm decides to expand by hiring people in India rather than in the US, it's hard to say whether or not US jobs were lost. Clearly the company wanted to expand. Not as clear is whether they would have chosen to hire US programmers if programmers in Bangalore weren't so much cheaper than here in the US.

    I'm no fan of outsourcing, whether its for autos or software. I don't think the ad is outrageous.

    •  It is outrageous (1+ / 0-)
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      when the ad looks to make fun of Indians.  It isn't really necessary if you have the facts straigth

      Barack Obama for President '08

      by v2aggie2 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 05:30:46 PM PDT

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      •  Quibble with the characterization (1+ / 0-)
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        I am Indian, and the only person in that ad that bothered me was the guy in the 'western' dress shirt, and that was more because of the accent.
        Even if it IS a bald faced attempt to say, "hey look at these foreigners taking our jobs," I wouldn't characterize it as making fun of Indians.

        •  my brother (0+ / 0-)

          why are we indians always less offended by this silliness than non-indians? hehe...

          •  Well, I'm an Indian-Amer. here in Northeast Texas (2+ / 0-)
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            pmukh, baybelletrist

            and while I'm not offended by the ad per say, the cheap caricature doesn't help Lincoln's cause, and doesn't improve my already not-so-good opinion of her.  She has wasted 12 years in the US Senate, and now must rely on her conservative support groups to do cheap dirty work for her.  

            Here in the Ark-La-Tex region -- where I live, and this ad will appear -- the use of these images is not accidental.  It is designed to take advantage of xenophobia, and it is naive to believe otherwise.

            Barack Obama for President '08

            by v2aggie2 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 09:07:26 PM PDT

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    •  the ad is playing on zenophobia (0+ / 0-)

      this ad is geared towards an Arkansas audience and is using Indians (or actors playing Indians) and emphasizing their "foreigness" to make Halter seem like a candidate that Arkansans can less identify with.    If Halter's company had created jobs in Canada, instead of India, do you think the Chamber would have made the same ad, except with Canadian actors?  Of course not, because the cultural (and racial) similarity between Canada and the US would have deprived the ad of its xenophobic kick.      

      Incendiado para arriba, listo para irme.

      by gobacktotexas on Sat May 01, 2010 at 09:07:15 AM PDT

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