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Black ministers join critics who say Hoekstra's broken English ad is racially insensitive
LANSING, Mich. (AP) ' A coalition of black ministers in Detroit is calling on U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra to apologize for his Super Bowl ad portraying a young Asian woman speaking broken English.
The request came a day after an Asian-American group called the ad "very disturbing."
The Michigan Republican began taking heat after the Super Bowl ad ran statewide Sunday. Some detractors said it was racially insensitive, while national GOP consultant Mike Murphy tweeted that it was "really, really dumb."
Rev. Charles Williams II of Detroit's King Solomon Baptist church where Malcolm X once spoke said in a Monday release that the woman's broken English in the ad is no different than "having a black person speaking in slave dialect."
Hoekstra has scheduled a Monday conference call on his campaign with reporters.