LISTEN: Racist ‘Magical Negro’ Robocalls Featuring Fake Oprah Hits Georgia Voters
On Friday, an unknown number of residents in Georgia received racist robocalls featuring a fake Oprah Winfrey message about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. The call, a recording of which has been shared on social media (below), features a male voice claiming to be “the magical negro” Oprah and is comprised of about a minute of racist remarks, anti-Semitism, and even fat-shaming.
Abrams appeared on Good Morning America on Monday (above) and discussed the calls with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
In the robocall, the voice begins “this is the magical negro, Oprah Winfrey, asking you to make my fellow negress, Stacey Abrams, the governor of Georgia.” It continues, blaming “Jews who own the American media”, claiming the ability to “trick dumb white women” and “especially the fat ones” into voting for Abrams, and more. If you definitely want to know the whole script, the video is embedded below, but it is vile and will ruin your day.
The call closes by saying it is paid for by “The Road to Power dot com”, which we’ve spelled out so you don’t inadvertently visit the site the Washington Post describes as “an anti-Semitic video podcasting website that the Anti-Defamation League says ‘has zeroed in on divisive political campaigns across the country,’ including two of the three races that feature a black candidate for governor.”
On Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos noted that Abrams’ Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, has condemned the robocalls. “I stand against any person or organization that peddles this type of unbridled hate and unapologetic bigotry,” the candidate said in a statement. “These vile efforts to degrade and disparage others are contrary to the highest ideals of our state and country. We unequivocally condemn this group and their horrible actions.”
Stephanopoulos asked Abrams, “do you accept that repudiation?”
“I think it’s a little late for him to repudiate racist remarks given that he stood with someone wearing an anti-islam t-shirt,” Abrams replied. “He refused to denounce the same man earlier who accused black veterans of people who should not be able to support our country.”
Watch the clip above, courtesy of ABC News. Below is the full robocall, shared on Facebook.
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