Chris Fields debuts bizarre racial ad: "Vote for this black guy, not that one" [VIDEO] [UPDATE]
Fields has made race an issue throughout his campaign against Ellison.
Chris Fields doesn't think Keith Ellison has done enough for North Minneapolis -- a charge Ellison vehemently denies -- so he thinks he's the better of the two black candidates running to be U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District.
Or at least that's what can be inferred from Fields' bizarre new racial ad, which lasts all of nine seconds. Here's a full transcription: "Vote for this black guy [points at himself], not that one [points at cutout of Keith Ellison]. I'm Chris Fields, the alternative to Keith Ellison, and I approve this message."
Here's the footage:
In June, Fields told City Pages that Ellison offers "excuse after excuse on why he can't focus on this district and the problems that face this district."
As proof, Fields claimed that there is "20 percent unemployment amongst black people" and a "30 percent graduation rate amongst black students in Minneapolis," which he said is unacceptable.
"When you represent the congressional leadership for the district in Washington D.C. and you're in a district that is struggling mightily, call me silly but you have to do something about it," Fields said. "You hold that office, you get to pull certain levers that can provide relief here in the district, and no: Keith has been absent. And really, not focused."
But during his lengthy interview with City Pages last month, Ellison strongly took umbrage with the notion that he hasn't been focused of getting the Northside turned around.
"I live in North Minneapolis. All four of my children grew up there, went to parks and schools there," Ellison said. "Does Chris even know how to find it? Has he walked through it? I can assure you that the people in North Minneapolis know they got a very strong, consistent, reliable advocate in me, and they don't even know who he is... He's got a lot of nerve."
Fields' new nine-second racial spot was initially accompanied by a longer spot that said, sarcastically, "If anyone voted for Keith Ellison because he was black, well, that has worked out so well for black people," but that one has been removed from YouTube. The reason? Possibly because Ellison's name was misspelled in the video's text:
:: UPDATE ::
The longer spot has now been re-posted to YouTube, sans typo. Here it is:
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.