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Emory Professor Criticizes Loeffler Campaign Tactics Against Warnock

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, left, and Democratic challenger for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock appear during a debate on Dec. 6 in Atlanta.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, left, and Democratic challenger for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock appear during a debate on Dec. 6 in Atlanta.
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U.S. Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock’s sermons are being unfairly used against him in his race against Sen. Kelly Loeffler, according to Emory Department of Film and Media Studies professor Nsenga Burton.

“I think the Loeffler campaign weaponizing Black liberation theology is pretty disgusting,” Burton said. “And she and her campaign are banking on the fact that there are lots of Americans who believe that anything that is anti-racist, or anyone who speaks on behalf of Black liberation, or equality, is anti-American.”

During the recent debate between the two candidates, Loeffler tried to portray Warnock as an angry, radical Black man to distract from his platform, said Burton.

“It was so dehumanizing, watching it,” Burton said. “He’s this scary Black man, who I am going to label in this way, to speak to the lowest value system of the people who call themselves my supporters.”

The Loeffler campaign did not respond to requests for comment.