Time to switch to AMD processors?

This is a little old and has probably made the round of the blogs already (if I could finally start keeping up with the blogosphere already, I’d know!) But being both a techie and an angry brown butch, I couldn’t possibly let this one slide without posting it.

Racist Intel Ad

Those runners on their mark look a whole lot like rows of faceless, muscular Black men bowing down before a professional-looking white dude, who is apparently going to “maximize the power” of his employees with them. And yet somehow no one at Intel noticed that this ad is majorly fucked up until, well, everyone else noticed. The wide-reaching outcry prompted Intel to pull the ad and offer up a rather weak apology: “We made a bad mistake … this ad of using African-American sprinters did not deliver our intended message and in fact proved to be culturally insensitive and insulting.”

Now, cases of multi-million dollar corporations doing stupid, racist things are a dime a dozen, but an interesting point is being made and getting attention on the heels of this gaffe. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights is using the case to draw attention to Intel’s support for a California ballot initiative that they claim will “eliminate class action lawsuits over civil rights issues.” I haven’t managed to find out much more about the initiative besides the info including in the article linked to above and the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights’ website, but I’d be willing to wager that any lobbying group whose board member organizations include the rogue’s gallery of mega-corporations listed in this PDF from their website isn’t looking out for the common man first. It’s a good reminder that, while the racism and classism of large corporations occasionally gets revealed through highly-publicized advertising gaffes like this one, there’s plenty going on behind the scenes as well.

4 Responses to “Time to switch to AMD processors?”

  1. 1 raquefella

    wow i’m in shock!

    hey jack, was looking over some of dean spade’s b-day pics and saw you were there. i wish i could’ve introduced myself and said hello to you. i thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. hasta la proxima ves pues. al rato, raquelito in LA

  2. 2 Dusty

    Living in Cali, I have signed a zillion petitions to keep the initiative that you mention off the ballot but to no avail. I think a Judge ruled recently that the initiative is unconstitutional. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

    The way they word these initiative’s, people who don’t take the time to understand them can be taken in and vote for something they are actually against.

  3. 3 Jack

    raquefella – yeah, shocking, right? and hey, next time you see me, definitely say hi. i think i’ve seen you around before, you know how small this community can be. thanks for reading. 🙂

    dusty: and i’m sure the convoluted writing is utterly intentional. good luck voting that down.

  4. 4 Dusty

    Hey Jack, just wanted to let you know that Intel and their bs partner CJAC have removed the initiative from the Cali ballot 🙂

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