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Alvin Poussaint talks about racism in the 1988 presidential campaign
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[Racism in the campaign]
Original Airdate: 10/25/1988

Length: 00:05:24
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Description : Abstract
Christy George reports that critics have charged George Bush's presidential campaign with exploiting racial fears among white voters. George notes that there is controversy over the Bush campaign's Willie Horton advertisement, which criticizes Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis's furlough program in Massachusetts. George's report includes footage of the Horton advertisement and footage of Jesse Jackson (African American political leader) criticizing the advertisement. George interviews Dr. Alvin Poussaint (psychiatrist) about racism in the campaign and in Bush's political advertisements. Poussaint says that white voters see Horton as the "universal" African American criminal and that African Americans are associated with crime in the minds of whites. George reports that the Bush campaign advertisement does not use the face of William Horton (furloughed prisioner), but that campaign advertising by Bush supporters has used Horton's face. George notes that Bush has disassociated himself from the groups producing these ads. George's report includes footage from a political advertisement produced by "Americans for Bush." Poussaint says that the "Americans for Bush" advertisement is racist. He adds that Dukakis may lose white votes if he complains too much about racism because Americans do not like to be called racist. George notes that Poussaint believes that Horton's face triggers associations with other negative images of African Americans. Poussaint goes on to analyze race in US pop culture and in US politics. George's report is accompanied by images of African American figures in US politics, sports, and culture and by footage from Saturday Night Live of a satirical campaign advertisement. George's report is also accompanied by footage of Dukakis at a campaign rally.

Contributor : Reporter
Christy George
Format : Tape 6090   Barcode   Script is available.
3/4" cassette 102959 
VHS cassette 105215 
Betacam cassette 105194 
digital betacam cassette 105193 

Subject : Keywords
Elections - 1988 presidential campaign and elections
Political advertisements
Race relations

Subject : Personal Names
Bush, George H.W.
George, Christy
Horton, William
Jackson, Jesse
Poussaint, Dr. Alvin

Type : Genre
News - Television

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