Racist Robo-Phone?

DesSean Norwood, Journalist

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Automated calls are an everyday annoyance, but in Florida the race for governor took an unexpected turn when a message paid for by an anti-semitic video podcast “The Road to Power”. Anti-Semitic views are defined as those that are hostile to or prejudice against Jews, these along with prejudices towards people of a different race.

According to the Washington Post, Andrew Gillum, a Florida mayor who recently won the Democratic nomination for governor, was target of a slanderous robo-call that went out to an uncertain amount of phones.

The 78 second message was narrated by a caricature of a black man with a cartoon jungle background noise. The call opens up with the speaker saying,

“I is Andrew Gillum”, and continues on speaking about blatant nonsense. Stating

“We Negroes… done made mud huts while white folk waste a bunch of time making their home out of wood and stone.” Later he goes on to say he will pass a law allowing African Americans to evade arrest stating,“… if the Negro know fo’ sho’ he didn’t do nothin’.”

Simply showing the fact that they will be unbothered by the racist message helps to ward off the effect they tried to achieve.The communications director for Gillum’s campaign, Geoff Burgan made a response stating “This is reprehensible , and could only have come from someone with intentions to fuel hatred and seek publicity. Please don’t give it undeserved attention.”