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Georgia Democrats Use Michael Brown’s Death To Turn Out The Vote

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter

Georgia Democrats are using the police shooting of Michael Brown to help turn out the vote.

Fliers from state Democrats obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reference Brown’s death and feature a picture of two young African-American girls holding signs that read “Don’t shoot.”

Brown, who was black, was shot by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson, Mo. police officer on Aug. 9. One flier states that though Ferguson is a majority black town, its city council and police force are mostly white.

The only remedy to overturn that structure — and by implication, the police shootings that follow from it — is to vote early, according to the fliers.

“The choices may not always be perfect, but the cost of inaction is simply too great,” the mailer reads.

“If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change.”

Another flier shows a person sitting in the middle of a smoke-filled street holding their hands up. “Vote,” reads the literature, “It’s up to you to make change happen.”

 

This is not the first campaign in which Brown’s death and race in general have been used.

Last week, a union-affiliated group in Florida started a campaign called “Vest or Vote.” The group, Dream Defenders, created an ad in which an African American mother straps a bullet-proof vest onto her son. The message being that if blacks do not vote they will need bullet-proof vests to protect themselves against police officers and “vigilantes.” (RELATED: Group Warns Blacks, If You Don’t Vote You’ll Need A Bullet-Proof Vest)

And on Monday, churchgoers in North Carolina reported finding fliers on their cars urging them to re-elect Democrat Kay Hagan. “Kay Hagan doesn’t win,” screamed the flier’s headline. “Obama’s Impeachment will begin,” read the rest of the flier which contained an image of a black man being lynched. (RELATED: Pro-Hagan Flier Uses Lynching Image)

Georgia’s U.S. Senate race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue is running neck and neck.

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