Data News Weekly Contributor
The mid-term elections in November promises to put Louisiana on the national stage, in a U.S. Senate Race that will pit incumbent John Kennedy, against up and comer Gary Chambers Jr.
Gary Chambers Jr., a U.S. Senate Candidate from Louisiana recently launched his campaign with a video that went viral where he is smoking marijuana in his first campaign ad. Then released another provocative ad in which he burns a Confederate flag.
In his latest spot that is garnering attention across the nation it states.
“They said, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’” Chambers says. “But here in Louisiana and all around the South, it feels like Jim Crow never left and the remnants of the Confederacy remain.
“The attacks against Black people, our right to vote and participate in this democracy are methodical,” he continues in the 60-second spot, pouring gasoline on the flag. “Gerrymandered districts are a byproduct of the Confederacy. Our system isn’t broken. It’s designed to do exactly what it’s doing, which is producing measurable inequity. One in 13 Black Americans are deprived of the right to vote. One in nine Black Americans do not have health insurance. One in three Black children live in poverty.”
Chambers then pulls out a lighter emblazoned with his initials and ignites the Confederate Flag.
It is important to note that his words seem not to inflame, but to give voice to the contradictions of justice, fairness, and equality for African Americans.
This race will be one to watch as we get closer to the November Primary.