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French Hill condemns campaign ad warning black men of ‘lynchings when a white girl screams rape’

A Republican U.S. House candidate in Arkansas criticized an outside group’s ad that caused political jaws on Twitter to drop to the floor.

The ad, paid for the group Black Americans for the President’s Agenda, is playing on Arkansas radio stations with a heavily black audience and urges listeners to vote for “our Congressman French Hill and the Republicans.”

In it, two black women in stereotypical “dishing at the beauty shop” voices warn that the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh showed that “white Democrats” want to bring back “the bad old days” of lynching black men over perceived or non-existent sexual improprieties with white women.

“Some may have heard an appalling ad on the radio. I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms. I do not support that message, and there is no place in Arkansas for this nonsense,” French Hill, a Republican running in Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District, wrote on Twitter.

In the clip posted on Twitter, one of the black women says that Republicans “know that it’s dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to a presumption of guilt, especially for black men.”

She warns that “if the Democrats to do that to a white justice of the Supreme Court with no evidence, no corroboration [and a weak case] what will happen to our husbands, our fathers, our sons when a white girl lies on them.”

A second black woman replies, “girl, white Democrats will be lynching black folks again” and later in the ad repeats the warnings of “lynchings when a white girl screams rape.”

Throughout the Jim Crow era, when the South was a one-party Democratic stronghold, a white woman’s uncorroborated word was enough to get black a man imprisoned, at best. False charges animate such real-life and fictional cases as the Scottsboro Boys and “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

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