A Republican candidate running for state House in Alabama has released an innovative new ad to tell voters a little about himself while also “challenging stereotypes.” As a black Republican, Darius Foster wants people to know he is not “monolithic” and “can’t be put in a box.”
The short 1-minute video shows people of all different colors and genders stating facts about Foster — but in his voice.
“In a nutshell, I am not monolithic. I am many things. I can’t be put in a box,” Foster says in the ad. “Did you know that while growing up, we went half the winter without heat? Or that I think best while listening to Frank Sinatra?”
He continues: “The last concert I attended was Lil’ Wayne. Yes, Lil Wayne. My favorite NBA player is Dirk Nowitzki. Go Mavs. I take it personally when people mistake poor for lazy. And unfortunately, no, I cannot swim.”
Foster then notes that his “favorite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes” because it’s the “only book I’ve read where God gave a man everything, he lost it and lived to tell about it.”
“I was the first in my family to earn a four-year degree. And one of the best things about me is that I married very, very well,” he concludes “Now that you know a little about me, do I really fit in a box?”
The unique and positive political ad has received praise from pundits and various news websites since being posted earlier this month. The ad started to go viral at the end of this week.
Watch the full ad here: