Did Republicans Darken Colin Kaepernick’s Skin In Fundraising Pitch?

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Published on 12 Jul 2019, 17:00
In an email blast sent out by the National Republican Congressional Committee, a picture of Colin Kaepernick is featured and the athlete’s skin is visibly darker than the original photo that was used. The NRCC attempting to cast Kaepernick as anti-American and anti-flag, but instead they have drawn attention for possibly trying to make people afraid of a scary dark man. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this issue and whether or not the darkening was intentional.
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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

The NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) released an ad via a fundraising email that appeared to show Colin Kaepernick except didn't quite look like Colin Kaepernick usually looks, you look at the picture, you look at the contrast between the original photo they used or basically the one they used as the template and the one that was sent out. You can clearly see that yes, Colin Kaepernick's skin is darker in the picture that the Republicans used. But the question, cause I know a lot of people have jumped on this and said, oh my God, they darkened his skin because it makes Colin Kaepernick look scarier. And yes, we do know studies have shown that the darker the skin of an individual, the more prejudice people get towards that individual, that that's psychological studies that have happened. The question is, was this malicious? Was this the intent of the NRCC to darken his skin in order to get people to dislike him?
And the reason I say that's the question, instead of just straight up saying, Yep, we know the NRCC did this for effect is because when you look at the way that picture is, it's obviously from top to bottom, slightly more dull than the original picture. You know, they could have just put on some kind of filter, maybe just desaturated the image a little bit because when you look at the actual image sent out by the campaign in its original context, you have cabernet sitting right there, little bit darker, the whole picture, every part of it. Then you have Donald Trump vibrant, bright shining out at you, which is typical in any kind of ad where you're trying to make a comparison. There is no intent of bigotry behind it in advertising. Uh, but again, we're dealing with the NRCC with the Republican Party. So you have to question the motives and that's, I guess, what this comes down to.
You know, a lot of our thumbnails that we actually use for our videos, we'll desaturate. We'll put filters on. We make the whole thing a little bit darker, a little more a flat finish instead of having the brights and all that. There's no intent behind it other than it looks better on a computer screen. That could be what this is. But again, given the history of the Republican party, everything suddenly comes into question. We want to give them the benefit of the doubt that no, there was no intent behind this. But at the same time, we know that back in 2008 the uh, McCain campaign actually did intentionally darkened Obama skin in their ads to make them look blacker. So we know the Republicans have done this before possible. They did it here with Kaepernick. We also know that the biggest beef that Republicans happen have with Colin Kaepernick, has nothing to do with the flag, has nothing to do with the kneeling, has nothing to do with Nike. We all know what it's really about, right? There were plenty of other people taking a knee. There've been plenty of other athletes speaking out against Donald Trump, but they don't talk about all of them. They only talk about the ones who are different.

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