Lorena Gonzalez removes campaign ad labeled ‘racial stereotype’ by opponent

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Days before the November election, Seattle mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez apologized to supporters for a campaign ad that had been criticized by black civic leaders for perpetuating racial stereotypes.

The announcement – which implied the trauma of a white sexual assault survivor was linked to mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell’s expression of doubt over the sexual abuse allegations against former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray – was taken down following calls from black community leaders for the post to be taken down.

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“In an effort to give survivors a voice, my campaign produced an ad featuring a white survivor of sexual assault, who was willing to tell her story,” Gonzalez said in a video. a message October 25. “As someone who has dedicated her life to fighting for and serving the needs and voices of people of color, I’m sorry we didn’t work harder to center the voice of an assault survivor. sexuality from our community of color who was also willing to tell their story.

The ad was based on statements made by Harrell to the media in 2017 amid calls for Murray to step down over child sex abuse allegations.

“I’m not asking him to resign… [do] don’t ask us to judge anyone for something that happened 33 years ago or maybe didn’t happen,” Harrell said at the time. “We just don’t know. And I would ask that I don’t want to be judged for anything 33 years ago. …I would challenge each of you to reflect on where you were 33 years ago. The question is are you doing your job today, right now? »

Harrell condemned the ad as a deliberate ploy to stoke racial animosity.

“Voters have responded to my message of unity and my calls for action on homelessness,” Harrell said. in a news Release. “But instead of sharing his vision for our city, my adversary instead launches a desperate, last-minute attack on my credibility and my race. I have spent my life working in our communities, fighting for marginalized people, victims of hatred, prejudice and violence. This publicity is not only insulting to me, it is hurting the next generation of minority leaders. We must reject these divisive personalized policies and get to work for the people of Seattle. »

The ad, titled “Survivor“, was taken off the air and replaced by a new commercial under the name “Day one.”

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