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POLITICO NO-NO: Bad editing or intentional racism? Twitter calls out “darkened” photo of Stacey Abrams

POLITICO NO-NO: Bad editing or intentional racism? Twitter calls out “darkened” photo of Stacey Abrams

POLITICO NO-NO: Bad editing or intentional racism? Twitter calls out "darkened" photo of Stacey Abrams

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POLITICO, once a reputable “news” site, has increasingly shifted to the right thanks to *checks notes* being owned by a German right-wing company called Axel Springer, which also sounds like the name of a Roger Moore-era Bond villain.

So what, you might ask? Sew propaganda, is what I might reply. Along with a whole lot of racism and misogyny.

As is their right under the First Amendment, POLITICO dropped a new piece about Stacey Abrams, the Democratic darling who essentially won Georgia for the party back in 2020. Now running for Governor against the incumbent slab of unsliced Wonder Bread that is Brian Kemp (AGAIN), Abrams remains the target of plenty of racists. But did POLITICO intentionally darken a photo of Abrams, or is it just really bad photo editing? You. Make. The. Call.

POLITICO’s graphic:

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Actual Stacey Abrams:

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Photographers have historically never been able to accurately capture skin tones that aren’t white, and as a result, too many Black women are often portrayed in a literally negative light. And plenty of MAGA douches with even the most basic PhotoShop skills can darken a Black woman’s skin and a whole lot worse, and they certainly have. But was this an intentionally racist move by POLITICO or just an exceptionally bad photo choice? Plenty of Twitter users thought it was the former.

Erasing Black women is also something else Politico seems to specialize in.

May I also remind you that Black women have been scaring the everything out of mediocre white Republican men for all of recorded history? That’s why mediocre white Republican men love to use Black women like Stacey Abrams as a scapegoat when they don’t get the trophies or election results like the winners did.

While I would never presume to speak to a Black woman’s lived experience, I can tell you that my eyes can see the same things you’re seeing. So, I’m going with POLITICO making the deliberate choice to use an unflattering photo of Stacey Abrams on a hit piece.

Tara Dublin is a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on the daily.

Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks.

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Tara Dublin
Tara is a reported opinion columnist at Occupy Democrats. She's a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping for a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on a daily. Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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