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Thomas Burrell on Racism


Thomas Burrell is the founder and former CEO of Burrell Communications, an advertising agency based in Chicago that is one of the largest multi-cultural marketing firms in the world.  Among his many honors, Burrell has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and has been named as one of the most influential black businessmen of the past 40 years by Black Enterprise Magazine. He argues that the longest-running and most successful advertising campaign of all time has functioned to marginalize black America. He’s author of the book “Brainwashed, Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority.” In it, he argues that we are not living in a post-racial era but one that makes it harder to talk about race than ever before.