September 12, 2018 Blog, Press Release

KDP Calls on State Rep. Phil Moffett to Cease the Spread of Racist Propaganda; Clarify Views on Diversity and Racial Justice

On Wednesday, the Kentucky Democratic Party called on State Rep. Phil Moffett to cease the spread of racist propaganda on his Facebook page and to immediately clarify his views on diversity and racial justice.

State Rep. Phil Moffett, who has represented the 32nd House district since 2015, has for years used his personal Facebook page to dog-whistle important racial events as far back as 2012 and as recently as a week ago.

Moffett has weighed in on everything from the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., to local news stories about African Americans who commit crimes to a recent Nike ad featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

He also shares information from sources with dangerously close ties to the White Supremacy Movement,  like PragerU and Imprimis from Hillsdale College. The information is often portrayed as “scholarly” articles, however their ties to the rhetoric of White Supremacy have been well documented by organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and Right Wing Watch.

“Phil Moffett owes the voters of his district an explanation,” said Marisa McNee, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “He regularly uses his Facebook page to incite conversations among his ‘friends’ that quickly devolve into racist comments and even suggestions of lynchings.  At times, Mr. Moffett himself has shared imagery or made comments that reinforce the worst stereotypes about African Americans and People of Color.”

In almost every instance in which there is a national or local issue that touches on the subject of racial justice, Moffett shares an article or posts on his personal Facebook page. His posts range from coded language that incite racist comments (which are never disavowed by Moffett)  to outright attacks on President Obama using racist imagery.

“Sharing of this type of information and provoking these types of conversations does not happen repeatedly and over the course of many years by accident. It’s intentional and with purpose,” said McNee. “It’s time for Phil Moffett to explain himself to the voters of his district.”

The following are highlights of Phil Moffett’s Facebook page from 2012 – 2018:

  1. December 2012, shortly after the re-election of Barack Obama, Moffett shared a local news story about young black teenagers involved in looting. The Facebook post immediately caught the attention of Everett Corley. Corley, a candidate for the Kentucky House 43rd District, was recently removed from the Republican Party of Kentucky’s candidate website after he made racist comments while appearing on White Supremacist webcast called “The Ethno State.”  Corley commented that in the 1700s people were “hanged” for stealing. Another “friend” of Moffet remarks that this is “only a glimpse of more violence to come…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. In October 2012, Moffett shared an image on Facebook that depicts “Obama Girl” as having transformed into a middle-aged African American woman during the course of Obama’s four years in office. Mr. Moffett thought the image was “LOL!” funny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. In November 2012, Moffet shared a cartoon on his Facebook page depicting President Obama with exaggerated features that characterized him as the “Food Stamp President.” The creator of the cartoon is the infamous A.F. Branco who was criticized throughout the Obama era for his racially tinged drawings of Obama. In April of 2012 a Branco cartoon was #6 on the list of “The 50 Most Racist Political Cartoons” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. In November 2012, Moffett shared an article about K-PREP test scores where he refers to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as “bull-horned, race-industry oligarchs.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. In 2014, at the height of unrest in Ferguson, MO following the announcement that the grand jury failed to indict Officer Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, Moffett took to Facebook to offer “perspective” on the unrest. Moffett reminded his Facebook “friends” about the number of aborted “black babies” in MO since Brown’s death and yet African Americans had not rioted.

A “friend” of Moffett remarked that the fathers of the aborted “black babies” were “likely unknown anyway!” Current Director of Boards & Commissions for Governor Bevin, Brett Gaspard, commented that “human life is being slaughtered every day and silence is the response.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. In November 2017 when Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted a JCPS Board meeting over arrests at Jeffersontown High School, Moffett took to Facebook to decry “students cussing at teachers and being disrespectful without fear of punishment” and “chaos” in the schools. One of Mr. Moffett’s Facebook “friends” remarked that “they” needed to be “hunted down” and appeared to suggest “hung.” Another “friend” remarked that the “black life matter girl” was making demands of white people and was a “card carrying wacko.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. August 11, 2018 on the eve of the first anniversary of the White Supremacist rally and riots in Charlottesville, VA Moffett took to Facebook requesting “thoughts” on an article written by controversial author Edward Erler. The article suggested that racial and ethnic diversity in America is a source of division and an obstacle to “the common good” of the country.

The article criticized the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, and declared that a white majority does not exist: “it is entirely a fiction that the American political system has produced monolithic white majorities that rule at the expense of so-called ‘discrete and insular minorities.’ Whites as a class have never constituted a majority faction in the nation.”

The piece was so inflammatory that it was featured by Right Wing Watch, a project of the People for The American Way dedicated to “monitoring and exposing the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists and organizations in order to expose their extreme agenda.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. On September 4, 2018 shortly after the release of an ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick which was roundly criticized in conservative circles, Moffett took to Facebook to opine that Nike “bet their market share” on Kaepernick who is known for kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to racial injustice.Three days later on September 7, 2018 Moffett again returned to Facebook to weigh in on the national conversation around Kaepernick when he posted an article about the trial of a black teenager killed over a pair of Nike shoes. Moffett said it was “strange” that Nike would be celebrated as “the corporate face of the Social Justice movement” given that African Americans “are robbed, injured, and too many times killed for their product.”