It's not just fashion magazines. Even political ads apparently encode racial messages-discernible only through the most subtle analysis. Orlando Patterson, a Harvard professor of sociology, examined Hillary Clinton's "red phone ad," which asked voters who had the experience to answer a emergency call in the night. Patterson explained the source of his special insight: "I have spent my life studying the pictures and symbols of racism and slavery." He continued, "When I saw the Clinton ad's central image-innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal danger. ... I couldn't help but think of D.W.
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