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Gay Scarecrows

In a campaign ad titled ‘Straw’ appearing at the end of the video clip below, Nathan Deal, candidate for governor of Georgia, uses gays as scarecrows to discourage voters from considering his opponent. Where his opponent speaks for herself in the video, there is little to recommend her. That she lost her bid to run for governor of Georgia to Nathan Deal is no loss to the interests of ‘difference.’

In a campaign ad titled ‘Straw’ appearing at the end of the video clip below, Nathan Deal, candidate for governor of Georgia, uses gays as scarecrows to discourage voters from considering his opponent. Where his opponent speaks for herself in the video, there is little to recommend her. That she lost her bid to run for governor of Georgia to Nathan Deal is no loss to the interests of ‘difference.’

The script: August 2010

Male voiceover: The last straw. For some, it’s Karen Handel’s support for taxpayer-funded gay partner benefits.

eRaced: Voters stupid enough to be swayed by this ad are not likely to consider the fact that gays pay taxes for taxpayer-funded benefits for people with hetrosexual partners making support for the extention of these benefits to gay partners a question of equity and equality not simply gay rights.

For others, the last straw is Karen Handel’s vote to give our tax dollars to Youth Pride, a group that promotes homosexuality among teenagers as young as 13.

eRaced: Youth Pride meets the emotional, educational and social needs of gay youth. They do not encourge youth to be gay. Youth that identify as gay need organizations like Youth Pride when they happen upon television ads that campaign against them. Gay youth need an educational framework that teaches them how to live in a society where in the name of God and country they are targeted as objects of fear and derision.

But for all, the lies Karen Handel tells about Nathan Deal — a veteran, former prosecutor and judge, to hide what she’s done — are the last straw.

The ad does not mention Deal’s 18 years in Congress.

From Nathan Deal’s Website: “Every weekend, Nathan has returned home from Washington to listen to the concerns of those he serves. On Sundays, you’ll find Nathan and Sandra Deal at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, where Nathan has been both a deacon and a Sunday School teacher.”

Melissa Etheridge Scarecrow- Matthew Shepard Tribute

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Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).