Racist ads: What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s legally required

The radio commercials of US Senate candidate Glenn Miller, racist of Missouri, raise questions about the propriety of airing racially insulting and potentially incendiary material.

KMBZ in Kansas City said it had no choice, that the FCC requires it to air any ad submitted and paid for by a legitimate candidate. Last time Glenn Miller ran for the US Senate, in 2006, he got just 40 votes, so radio stations are asking the Missouri attorney general to rule on whether Miller is a legitimate candidate. A resolution of that question, however, would be little more than a punt.

Meanwhile, I’m not sure what to make of the fact that these nasty commercials have not gone viral. The only version of the first commercial I found on YouTube contains pointless and amateurish editing out of the racist’s phone number.

The first ad, which begins with “Hey, white man,” urges white people to “unite” and “take our country back” from Jews and black people who are described in a series of derogatory terms.

This is an excerpt from the second ad:

“We’ve sat back and allowed the Jews to take over our government, our banks and our media. We’ve allowed tens of millions of foreign mud people to invade our country, steal our jobs and our women, and destroy our children’s future.

“America’s no longer ours — it belongs to the Jews who rule it and to the mud people who multiply in it.”

Some of the radio stations say they will be donating revenue from the racist ads to charities.

Here are the two commercials that ran on KMBZ, via theKansasCitian.Blogspot.com. (Each commercial does not begin until 15 or 20 seconds in.) Language in these commercials is nasty; discretion suggested.


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