CSI CONDEMNS RACIAL UNDERTONES OF MCCAIN’S “THAT ONE” REFERENCE TO OBAMA
Center for Social Inclusion Calls Reference Latest in a Racially Charged Election Season
October 8, 2008 — During the presidential debate on Tuesday, October 7, 2008, candidate John McCain dismissively referred to his opponent, Barack Obama, as “That One,” drawing criticism from racial justice advocates as well as the campaign and its surrogates.
“The racial undertones were subtle but unmistakable,” says CSI Director Maya Wiley. “By making a dismissive, condescending remark like this, McCain was tapping into a current of superiority among white voters. It was an attempt to ‘otherize’ Obama and tap into the implicit bias that so many of us hold.”
“It reminds me of the ad “The One” and what David Gergen said,” says StopDogWhistleRacism.com Project Director Ludovic Blain. “McCain is saying, in typical under the radar fashion, that Obama is ‘uppity.’”
The Center for Social Inclusion (www.centerforsocialinclusion.org) works to build a fair and just society by dismantling structural racism – the outcome of policy decisions in a variety of areas that, together, deprive communities of color of the resources they need to thrive. CSI engages in research, training and leadership building to empower communities to advocate for policies that address racial disparities at the local level. StopDogWhistleRacism.com is a non-partisan research project of the Center for Social Inclusion that examines the way that race figures implicitly in the 2008 campaigns, ballot initiatives and policy debates.