7 of History’s Most Racist Political Ads

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(The Root) — Each election cycle usually produces one ad that voters, pundits and political watchers know will be remembered long after the losing candidate has become a trivia question. In 2008 that ad was the “” commercial, which invited viewers to wonder who, in a dangerous world, they’d rather have answering the proverbial “red phone” in the White House. Hillary Clinton may have ended up losing the primary, but she won the ad contest hands down with one of the most effective political ads in recent memory.

This election has produced its own share of memorable ads, among them one that is being touted as .

Whether or not the ad is appealing to racism in the electorate may be up for debate, but there’s no doubt that is a timeworn strategy in American politics. Plenty of campaign ads over the…

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