Passing for black? It happens. Dave Wilson was elected the the Community College Board of Trustees in Houston after giving off the impression that he was black. Wilson beat Bruce Austin, who is black, in a tight race.
Wilson’s campaign fliers were filled with black faces that he admits to simply pulling off of websites, along with captions such as “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.” Another flier announces that he was “Endorsed by Ron Wilson,” which is the name of an African American former state representative. Only by reading the fine print will voters discover that the “Ron Wilson” who actually endorsed Dave is his cousin. The cousin lives in Iowa.