Art is often a powerful communicator of ideas and politics. While researching statements from Newt Gingrich, the perennial possible presidential candidate and prolific author, and all around loud mouth pundit I went on his own website Newt.org.
Looking at his position on Religious liberty I was struck by the images chosen on his website. . I have captured (captured on March 19, 2011) them with screen shots to share.
This image of a little black girl praying over her soup must be from the 1960’s or before. It is hardly representative of contemporary religious liberty issues. I can’t imagine what Gingrich intended to convey with this image of a child who grew up in the pre-civil rights era.
The following image is from his education issues page.
Another image of black children in school, while he is talking about the plight of the nation’s education system. Is Newt Gingrich highlighting the achievement gap with his picture of black students with a black teacher? Artistic decisions have purposes. I imagine that most of Gingrich’s white conservative voters take a lot more away from this photo than just the ailing state of our schools. Notice the Black teacher even has the word Soul on the back of his shirt. This is just incredible type casting.
Another curious photo of an Asian assembly worker. When Gingrich argues for supply side economics the use of this image implies the free trade element of the policy and the exporting of American jobs to Asia, who can do more for less.
All the other photos on the website are either generic graphics or photos of Newt and his team. If you check out the team section on his website all of them are Caucasians other than his Hispanic Outreach Director and a couple other Latinos, there is not one black person on his team.
And of course there is the scariest photos of all is below. Newt with wife #3. It doesn’t get whiter or more fake than that.