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Black Buying Power:
  $719 Billion (2005)

Black U.S. Population:
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Top Five Black Cities
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  - Detroit
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  - Houston

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  - New York-New Jersey
  - Washington-Baltimore
  - Chicago-Gary
  - Los Angeles
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 - Housing $110.2 bil.
 - Food $53.8 bil.
 - Cars/Trucks $28.7 bil.
 - Clothing $22.0 bil.
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Intel issues apologies for racial insensitivity in its recently pulled new product ad

The Intel advert that lead to the apologyBy Jonathan Richards
Times Online

(August 3, 2007) Intel, the computer chip maker, has been forced to apologize for an advertisement which has been widely criticized as racist.

The ad, which was for a new generation of micro-processors, showed six black sprinters crouched in the start position in front a white man wearing a shirt and chinos in an office.

Above the image was a slogan which read: "Multiply computer performance and maximize the power of your employees."

Blogs were quick to spot the connotation of a white master surveying a group of black workers apparently bowed at his feet.

In a statement on its website, Intel said: "We made a bad mistake. I know why and how, but that simply doesn't make it better."

It was intended that the advertisement "convey the performance capabilities of our processors through a number of visual metaphors," Don MacDonald, director of global marketing for the company, wrote.

"Unfortunately, this ad using African-American sprinters did not deliver our intended message, and in fact proved to be culturally insensitive and insulting."

Gizmodo, the technology blog which spotted the ad, said of the picture: "Lousy, barely subliminal, racist advertising, or just plain lousy advertising?"

The Register, a technology news site, said in its analysis: "While the white man's smug jubilation is apparently derived from choosing the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, there are some pretty sinister undertones in the advertisement."

Intel said it had pulled the ad from hundreds of publications, but was unable to stop two which had already shipped.

The California-based company said it had identified "specific steps" in its ad reviewal process, and would rely on these, as well as "just more common sense", to guard against a similar incident in the future.

Intel, which recently reported second quarter revenues of $8.7 billion (£4.3 billion), is relying heavily on a new breed of 'multi-core processors' in the war with its long term rival, AMD.

Statements Posted By Intel Executives:

We made a bad mistake. I know why and how, but that simply doesn't make it better.

The intent behind our ad campaign "Multiply Computing Performance and Maximize the Power of Your Employees" was to convey the performance capabilities of our processors through a number of visual metaphors. Unfortunately, while we have used a visual of sprinters in the past appropriately, this ad of using African-American sprinters did not deliver our intended message and in fact proved to be culturally insensitive and insulting.

Upon recognizing this, I directed that the creative be destroyed and this be immediately pulled from hundreds of planned or potential publications worldwide. I am aware of four remaining instances which were in flight, but we believe they have been intercepted and destroyed; we were not able to intercept two instances that had already shipped or are in transit. In addition, we continue to search for any remaining placements that may still exist that we are unaware of.

We are sincerely sorry and have identified specific steps covering heightened cultural sensitivity, our review and approval process, and just using more common sense to ensure that this does not happen again.

—Don MacDonald, vice president of sales and marketing and director of global marketing


Intel’s intent of our ad titled “Multiply Computing Performance and Maximize the Power of Your Employees” was to convey the performance capabilities of our processors through the visual metaphor of a sprinter. We have used the visual of sprinters in the past successfully.

Unfortunately, our execution did not deliver our intended message and in fact proved to be insensitive and insulting. Upon recognizing this, we attempted to pull the ad from all publications but, unfortunately, we failed on one last media placement.

We are sorry and are working hard to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

—Nancy Bhagat Vice President, Director of Integrated Marketing

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