Darius Foster is a Republican candidate currently running for a seat in the Alabama State House. What’s odd about that? Not much, until you listen to what Foster has to say about himself. The first thing he wants you to know is that he’s not your stereotypical black Republican.
For example, Foster says the last concert he attended was Lil Wayne, that he went without heat for half a winter while growing up, he thinks best while listening to Frank Sinatra, he takes it personal when people mistake poor for lazy, he can’t swim, he was the first in his family to earn a four year degree, his favorite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes because God gave a man everything, he lost it, and lived to tell others. Oh, and he loves his wife.
This ad is eye catching because it stands in stark contrast to the attitude of many politicians on the right who view poor people as takers. Mitt Romney lost his presidential bid partly due to his 47 percent remark where he dismissed almost half the country for being dependent on government.
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement,” said Romney.
What makes Foster different is that he doesn’t seem to be towing that line, nor is he playing the black respectability game since he openly admits that he listens to rapper Lil Wayne. That may not be reason enough to climb on board #TeamFoster, but he is an interesting local candidate who is bound to get more attention.
Watch his ad here: