Two black lawmakers have launched an ad campaign against a campaign by an ad company that has accused them of being racist and offensive.
The lawmakers, Reps.
Lacy Clay of Washington and Del.
LaTonya Johnson of New Orleans, said in a statement on Monday that the ad company, A+M Advertising, “has made an accusation that they will be a target of the ad campaign that they are creating.”
The ad is part of a new ad campaign from the company that will air on television in several states beginning next week.
In the video, a black man is shown walking past a Confederate flag and a Confederate monument in the background.
“When you watch that video, you see that this flag represents slavery and oppression and we will not allow that to be a symbol for our community,” the narrator says.
“That flag represents white supremacy and hatred.”
The narrator also says that people in the state of Missouri are the worst threat to the state’s economy, adding, “They are stealing our jobs and our jobs are being lost.”
The video then cuts to a black woman standing next to the Confederate flag, asking, “What do we do about that?”
“If you are one of those people who want to keep the Confederate symbols in the Capitol, I hope you know what is going on in this state,” the woman says.
She then asks, “So, what are you going to do about it?”
The narrator responds, “You will be the one that is going to keep it.”
The clip then shows the man walking away and the woman saying, “Thank you, thank you.”
“If the man walks by that Confederate flag again, will he ever be allowed to vote in your district again?” she asks.
The video ends with the man standing near the Confederate monument, saying, ”And I will tell you, I will always vote for you because of your history.
“It’s unclear how the video will be distributed in the two states, which each hold the majority of the 435 congressional seats.
In Missouri, where A+S Advertising is based, the ad will be aired on radio and TV, and in New Orleans it will air in print.
Both states have already seen a wave of racially charged protests against the ad, which has been criticized by Democrats and some Republicans.
The protests are largely concentrated in the black neighborhoods of St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri, and are being followed by violence in the city, which is predominantly African-American.
The Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, on Monday called on Missourians to take action to curb the protests and urge him to cancel the ad.
A+M has been an advertiser in Missouri since 2012, when it bought ads in Ferguson and St. Charles.
The company also owns a political action committee in Missouri that spent more than $500,000 on the Missouri governor’s race in 2016.
In Missouri, A&M’s ads have also appeared in at least two other states, including Florida, where a white businessman and a black Democrat were targeted in a similar way by a company that is backed by the president of the NAACP, the Rev. Al Sharpton.
The ad company has not responded to requests for comment.