Have you heard of a “dog whistle” in politics? It’s political shorthand for a phrase that may sound OK to some people, but which also communicates something more insidious—a covert appeal to some noxious set of views.
We just got a political flier from Dion Bracco, showing a handcuffed brown-skinned male. The headline was: “For a Safe Gilroy…” This ad appeals to fear… of people of color. It’s racist!
Shame on you, Mr. Bracco, for allowing this type of campaign material to go out with your name on it. Despite you claiming “surging crime rates,” Mr. Bracco, your own flier states Gilroy’s crime rate has fallen by 24%!
In Gilroy, we need leaders who will bring us together, not appeal to fear and distrust.