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選挙戦終盤での燃料投下も効を奏したようです。こちらが共和党候補によるCRTを言わずにCRTを意識させるCMです。

BY KHALEDA RAHMAN ON 11/1/21 AT 10:01 AM EDT

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has accused Glenn Youngkin, his Republican opponent in Virginia's competitive gubernatorial election, of ending his campaign on a "racist dog whistle."

As Election Day nears, former Virginia Governor McAuliffe has escalated his criticism of Youngkin over a campaign ad released last week that featured Laura Murphy, who has pushed to remove Toni Morrison's Beloved, an acclaimed novel which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, from Virginia's school system.

Although she does not mention the book by name, Murphy condemned McAuliffe's veto of legislation that would have required schools to notify parents when sexually explicit reading material was assigned—an effort that was known as the "Beloved Bill."

Youngkin has made education a centrepiece of his campaign, vowing to ban critical race theory if elected and hammering McAuliffe over remarks that parents shouldn't be telling schools what they should teach.

こちらは負けてしまった民主党候補の最終週でのTV登場。防戦一方な感じです。知事がdog whisleを使って共和党の作戦を批判しています。



1:58
"Now, of all the hundreds of books you could look at, why did you take the one Black female author? Why did he do it? He's ending his campaign on a racist dog whistle."

dog whistleという用語は知っていたのですが、今回の実例をみてようやく腑に落ちました。

(ジーニアス)
dog-whistle politics 
犬笛政治 《特定の有権者のみに真意が理解される言葉を用いて政治的意見を表明すること》.

(オックスフォード)
dog whistle
n
2. a political message that is only intended for and heard by a particular group of people

(アメリカンヘリテージ)
dog whistle
n
2. The use of terms that seem innocuous but are intended to convey a hidden and potentially controversial message to a particular audience.

メディアの報道ではトニモリソンの名作Belovedを引き合いに出して大騒ぎしていますが、当のCMを見てみると具体名は何も触れていないんですよね。でもわかる人にはすぐわかる。彼女は8年前の当事者だから。ワシントンポストの記事です。

By T. Rees Shapiro February 7, 2013

The book Laura Murphy wants removed from Fairfax County classrooms is considered a modern American classic. It is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a masterpiece of fiction whose author’s 1993 Nobel Prize in literature citation said that she, “in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

But Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” Murphy said, depicts scenes of bestiality, gang rape and an infant’s gruesome murder, content she believes could be too intense for teenage readers.

もちろんどんな話題でもこのような絶大な効果を発揮するわけではないでしょう。火の気が充満したところでは、火花が少しでもあれば爆発することを実例で実感しました。最後に息子がBelovedを読んでショックを受けたことに対して、だからこそ名作なのだという当たり前のことを指摘している論考です。

Christine Emba

I was also asked to read “Beloved” in a high school English class, also in Virginia — Richmond, to be precise. It was a hard read. You felt bad. It was also an illuminating corrective, studied against the Virginia backdrop of Robert E. Lee worship, Stonewall Jackson fetishization, and the plantations where enslaved people, we heard in our history classes, worked mostly happily for noble, caring masters.

The novel taught me the power of literature, how words could transmit deep emotion. It did keep me up at night, because I was grappling with the pain of another person, wondering how someone could get to such a place, how people could do these things to one another. The gory details of the book fled my mind in the ensuing years. But the feeling — I never forgot it.

このような真っ当な指摘は届かないでしょう。燃えてしまったら、落ち着いた議論は不可能になってしまうことを実感します。。。
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