Paying for Propaganda

Posted: December 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

This post looks at  how hate and bigotry are freely paid for and spread by groups that are otherwise sheltered by free-speech protections and seemingly-benign names (case in point, the “American Freedom Defense Initiative – AFDI).

In July this year, the AFDI paid for these ads that were posted all over the public transit in San Francisco:







Despite numerous local protests, San Francisco’s MUNI (public transit) approved these ads on its trains and buses – although, funnily enough, they have a policy against political ads. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that in July, a federal judge had ruled in favor of the AFDI, giving it a free ride to promote its hateful agenda.

In any case, the ads continued to spread their intended messages of racism – until a group of local artists took the matter into their own hands and set about town modifying each ad (click to enlarge):














There is little more that I love than intelligent, informed and compassionate collective action!


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