AT&T Exploits Black Children

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#126
Aug 1, 2013
 
Aria wrote:
Seen the new AT&T commercials with the smug racist guy and the kids? 3 of them feature black children being portrayed as dumb or foolish. One child shaking his head and waving his hands above his head like a minsrtel. Another child asking what animals would be made of on a candy island. The smug white guy says, "Uh, candy?", while giving the kid the " Stupid effing knicker look". The new one features a black kid who doesn't know what rhyming means and the white guy and white kids are dumbfounded by his stupidity.
Shame on you AT&T. Shame on you.
Worse than GEICO cavemen! "Racism. So easy AT&T could do it."
I see nothing wrong with it, it shows them in true light. The colored's are more racist than anybody.
enlightened

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#127
Aug 5, 2013
 
You Sir are the definition of a racist!
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#128
Aug 5, 2013
 
These commercials are perpetuating the same falsehoods and lies that have been portrayed through the media and reinforced through mainstream TV since it existed in this country. Whites do not readily recognize the racist undertones because they have existed so long in our society, that they are perceived as facts of our culture. At&t however, is fully aware of the subliminally reinforced racial hierarchy being established here.
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#129
Aug 8, 2013
 
If it was not such a serious topic, I would have to laugh. At no time have I watched these commercials and even noticed the color of the children!! The only thing that has come to my mind is how completely adorable they are! This is the most absurd accusation. The commercials are funny and cute. Not racist.
Does it matter

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#130
Aug 8, 2013
 
I do get lost in the approach of this ad campaign but I do adore the little girl in the "Colorful castes" commercial. I see no racism in this and I feel the gentleman defends her against the white girls comment with his expressions. I am white and a father, and having raised my children without judgement of others so perhaps I see past what others don't. The girl is adorable and she portrays the innocence and good intentions that some adults lack...:)
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#131
Aug 15, 2013
 
Get over yourselves. If there was a black guy being mean to little white kids..it'd be fine. I think y'all are looking way to hard into this. Come talk to me when there's a WET (white entertainment television)
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#132
Sep 30, 2013
 
katie wrote:
I noticed the same thing.. which is how I found this topic.. its not that people are looking for racism or are ignorant.. but after the 2nd or 3rd commercial, its obvious that the black child is singled out.. its just odd that its been that way in all three.. not saying its on purpose or anything, but its pretty apparent and now I know I'm not the only one who sees it. If a 4th one comes out and its the same kind of thing.. it couldn't be just a coincidence. My opinion. No not everything is racist.. but at the same time, racism still exists most places you go unfortunately.
The observations made are no where near ignorant. There are now two more commercials in the series. One features a little girl who doesn't know how to pronounce "casts." Instead of correcting her as he usually does in the other commercials, the smug guy mocks the girl's incorrect pronunciation. The second commercial has a little boy who is clearly telling a racist joke, "queen my dishes please" is the punch line. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Mine is that anyone who thinks that a Fortune 500 company embarks on a multi million dollar ad campaign without carefully considering every minute detail, is the ignorant one. This is clearly no coincidence. What we the viewing public will never know is if AT&T is intending to make some kind of social commentary that is offensive to some, but popular among some others OR if there are some bigoted people in decision making roles who are making the whole company look bad.
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#133
Oct 3, 2013
 
Steven wrote:
First of all, some of you need to read the ADWEEK descriptions of the commercials. I think people who read racism into everything they see and hear are racists themselves. I suppose if a little white kid flailed his arms around, the ads would be OK. I thought the little one who asked what the animals would be made of, was an absolute hit. I first read about the adds and then clicked on this place. Oops!
Some of you people ruined my day by your own take on racism. Get over yourselves.
I completely agree, I saw all these commercials and I never once incorporated racism into the topic. All I saw was a 7 year old child, you've seen the tv show, Things Children Say, that's all it is, something a 7 year old child would say no matter his or her color, sex, creed, or religion, they are just children, period! Any person who sees these commercials and automatically installs racism into them is either subconsciously racist themselves or inadvertently looking for racism so they can have something to complain about!l
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#134
Oct 4, 2013
 
Big deal, exploitation is what white kids are for! That's why they that such good prices in the sex slave industry, once they are collected and exported from the US. ironically a lot of end up back in South Africa in that sex trade, used for wealthy businessmen from other countries want the fun of being was somebody that age but without having to worry about "getting too rough" since basically, anything goes.
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#135
Oct 8, 2013
 
Yes exactly! The guy who made that comment probably was a black guy. It seems that only black people are racist. Black people make such a fuss about racism, when in reality, they are the only racist ones! I have never noticed the race of those kids either!
hey just looked and acted wrote:
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Oh come off it. Get a sense of humor.
I didn't even notice the ethnicity of the kids.
To me they just looked and acted like typical 7 year old kids.
Funny stuff.
Amy

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#136
Oct 8, 2013
 
Wow such big words. GET OVER IT. Slavery ended years ago and the only people who can't get over it are black people. Yes, we all know that slavery was a horrible thing. WAS. Move on, no one owed you anything just because blacks were slaves YEARS ago.
enlightened wrote:
These commercials are perpetuating the same falsehoods and lies that have been portrayed through the media and reinforced through mainstream TV since it existed in this country. Whites do not readily recognize the racist undertones because they have existed so long in our society, that they are perceived as facts of our culture. At&t however, is fully aware of the subliminally reinforced racial hierarchy being established here.
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#137
Oct 8, 2013
 
HAHA Yes!! There is no WIT. Or, meetwhitepeople.com . Can you imagine how racist white people would seem if that dating website existed?
T Bo wrote:
Get over yourselves. If there was a black guy being mean to little white kids..it'd be fine. I think y'all are looking way to hard into this. Come talk to me when there's a WET (white entertainment television)
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#138
Oct 8, 2013
 
I must say, I agree with the black children being depicted as slow or completely ignored in these commercials. For goodness sakes, I am a half Asian and half Caucasian woman who is normally oblivious about most race issues and I had to look up if anyone else noticed the trend I eventually picked up on. That's how I got to this forum. Someone at AT&T is being sly.
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#139
Dec 18, 2013
 
Cisco Kid wrote:
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If you watch the other commercials in the series you will get the big picture.
Why overreact?
Why does everything have to be so racially charged nowadays?
Have we lost our ability to laugh at ourselves?
I never worried about the Frito Bandito.
Because racism exist and pretending it doesn't is not the cure. It is clear to me that the few times these AT&T commercials feature a black child speaking, there comments are dismissed as silly or ignored.
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#140
Dec 19, 2013
 
Aria wrote:
Seen the new AT&T commercials with the smug racist guy and the kids? 3 of them feature black children being portrayed as dumb or foolish. One child shaking his head and waving his hands above his head like a minsrtel. Another child asking what animals would be made of on a candy island. The smug white guy says, "Uh, candy?", while giving the kid the " Stupid effing knicker look". The new one features a black kid who doesn't know what rhyming means and the white guy and white kids are dumbfounded by his stupidity.
Shame on you AT&T. Shame on you.
Worse than GEICO cavemen! "Racism. So easy AT&T could do it."
Okay, so what's your point? Even if what you say is true so what! It's a non-issue.
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#141
Feb 5, 2014
 
Please may I see one of the first ones, when a little boy talks very very fast. It is so like my grandson who lives overseas and would like my daughter to see it. Everytime it came on we would say "there is Matthew!" thank you
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#142
Feb 7, 2014
 
Cam wrote:
I totally agree with you Aria. I was also annoyed to see these black children portrayed as unintelligent. As a teacher, I would have like AT&T to cast the black children in the commercials not fitting into the stereotype as how black children are often perceived. I think that some angry letters should be sent to the company by all disturbed by these misrepresentations.
@ Stockton, CA- come off if typical seven year olds act and say stupid things as the black children are doing, then how come all the other children were not casted in the same role?
The only people that say they do see it this way are not Black or the parents of the children in the commercials, they are putting money before the integrity of their children. It reminds me of all the black women taking commercials with their hair shot straight up on their heads, becoming the buck wheat character of the past.
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#143
Feb 7, 2014
 
Cam the person that said blacks are more racist surely have not been discriminated against. Wow you see nothing wrong with making little children look stupid.
doc

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#147
Thursday Mar 27
 
Go to youtube to watch all 10 or more commercials and pay close attention to the black kid being ignored when his hand went up first. Then finish watching the rest. I'm not a racist by no means, but we have came along way to be pushed backwards.
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#148
Friday Apr 18
 
Expert in All Things wrote:
Ignorance, guilt and self-loathing cause the need to see racism everywhere.
Wonder if they know what the racial make-up of the company is and and who holds key positions?
Bet not!
look into and tell us what they look like...

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