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21.

Race: The Power of an Illusion

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Episode one explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode two questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode three focuses on how our institutions shape and create race.
VHS
2003
22.

Monique

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Welbon reminisces about her hatred of Monique, the only other black child in her first grade class of white students, and how both of them were outcasts from the rest of the class.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
23.

The Essential Blue Eyed: 50 Minute Trainer's Edition and 36 Minute Debriefing

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Jane Elliott conducts a diversity training workshop where an arbitrarily selected group of individuals is targeted to experience prejudice and bigotry. The workshop is based on the blue-eyed/brown-eyed exercise.
VHS
1999; 1996
Ivy (By Request)
24.

Not in Our Town

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Documentary about the people of Billings, Montana who joined together to stand up for Native American, Afro-American and Jewish neighbors who were under attack by white supremacists. In response to a series of hate crimes, the community moved into action.
VHS
1995
Ivy (By Request)
25.

Hi-Tech Hate

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Extremists are increasingly using the free flow of information allowed by the internet to spread messages of hate around the globe. This program begins in a computer class in a Toronto high school where students find racist propaganda on a neo-Nazi web site. The purveyors of this information, and those who oppose them on-line, are interviewed.
VHS
1996; 1995
Ivy (By Request)
26.

The Color of Fear

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Eight North American men of different races talk together about how racism affects them, sharing the psychological aspects of racially-motivated prejudice and discrimination.
VHS
1994
Clemons (Vault--Ask at circulation desk)
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Online
2017; 2016
31.

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

Winner, 2009 John O'Connor Film Award of the American Historical Association. Winner, Best Documentary, Hollywood Black Film Festival. Is there a politics of knowledge? Who controls what knowledge is produced and how it will be used? Is there "objective" scholarship and, if so, how does it become politicized? These questions are examined through this groundbreaking film on the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963), the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and one of the most controversial intellectuals of the 20th century. How did this son of Jewish immigrants come to play such a decisive role in the shaping of modern African American and African identities? Herskovits emerges as an iconic figure in on-going debates in the social sciences over the eth [...]
Online
2014; 2009
32.

Race: The Floating Signifier

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Hall, a renown public speaker and teacher, presents a lecture on race and the meaning of racial signifiers (like skin color) at Goldsmiths' College, New Cross, London. Includes a question and answer period at end of lecture. Also includes an interview with Hall by Sut Jhally.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
33.

Pockets of Hate

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Discusses the problem of surging hate crimes, and antisemitism in America and what causes them.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
34.

Black Like Who?

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In this painfully honest documentary, filmmaker Debbie Reynolds explores themes of assimilation, internalized racism and self hatred. Debbie is a black student who grew up in a white neighborhood, went to white schools, had white friends, and did not think about being black. As she grew older and left home, her new friends at college noticed her inability to relate easily to other blacks. Debbie realized she had a troubling identity problem and she searched for its origins within her family. Interviewing her parents, she learns that her father's middle class aspirations led him to a tidy white suburb, safe from drugs and crime. Yet he recalls his amazement when six-year-old Debbie did not realize she was black. In retrospect, her mother mourns that they did not instill black pride in [...]
Online
1997
35.

Invisible Revolution

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This disturbing documentary profiles a chilling subculture among American youth. For over a decade, the clash between racist and anti-racist youth has been virtually invisible, but now, ever younger members are taking control of the white supremacy movement. Rising against them are a group of anti- racist skinheads, punk rockers and mainstream kids who call themselves the Anti Racist Action (ARA). These groups are often indistinguishable as they battle one another. The filmmaker, Beverly Peterson, had extraordinary access to the hate-filled adolescents at war with each other. Their confrontations have led to assaults and even murder, confounding their parents, their communities, as well as the police. While organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Americans for Demo [...]
Online
2001
36.

Race or Reason, the Bellport Dilemma

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In 1969-70, when race riots were sweeping across America in the wake of the civil rights movement, Bellport, a small town on Long Island, NY, was caught in the storm. The town was divided between its poor African-American and Puerto Rican population and affluent whites. The local high school became the scene of angry confrontations, resulting in its temporary closure and a police presence. The house of community resident Betty Puleston was being used as a meeting place where black, white and Latino students could air their grievances. To help further, she gave the students two port-a-pac video cameras following a concept introduced by the National Film Board of Canada. The hope was that media could be used to facilitate dialogue. That hope was realized, as the students recorded their [...]
Online
2003
37.

Race to Execution

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Race to Execution" is a gripping documentary that offers a compelling investigation of America's death penalty, probing how race discrimination infects our capital punishment system. The film neither advocates nor repudiates the death penalty; instead, it enlarges the conversation regarding capital punishment, focusing attention on race-of-jury as well as race-of-victim. Research reveals that our justice system is far worse than arbitrary and capricious; it has deteriorated significantly in the last twenty years. Highlighted is a well-documented indicator of this trend - the higher value placed on the lives of white victims. Once a victim's body is discovered, the race of the victim and the accused deeply influence the legal process: from how a crime scene is investigated, to the dep [...]
Online
2007
38.

Turbans

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Turbans is a presentation of National Asian American Telecommunications Assoc. and Different Drum Productions with funding provided by the CPB. It is a lyrical short drama set in the lush, green Oregon of 1918. It explores the conflict within an Asian Indian immigrant family torn between cultural traditions and a strong desire for social acceptance. Based on the memoirs of the filmmaker's grandmother, Turbans illuminates issues of assimilation faced by all immigrants. The compelling story concerns the young Singh boys who, although born in the U.S., are attacked for being different. The turbans they wear, a tradition sacred to their Sikh ancestors, identify them as outsiders in the prejudiced landscape of their time and place. Their father makes a tough, heart-breaking decision that [...]
Online
2001
39.

A Most Unlikely Hero

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This inspiring film chronicles Capt. Bruce Yamashita s fight against racial discrimination in the Marine Corps. A third-generation American of Japanese ancestry, he grew up in Hawaii and was a graduate of Georgetown law school, and a delegate to the Hawaii Constitutional Convention. In 1989 he joined the Marine Corps and sought to qualify as an officer. Bruce was subjected to humiliating slurs from the moment he entered officer s training. During the nine -week training program, he was continually taunted by both his peers and the officers in charge, who told him in no uncertain terms he should go back to Japan. Two days before graduation, he was "disenrolled," along with three other minority candidates. Although he had never been a civil rights activist, this injustice nagged at him [...]
Online
2006
40.

Bloody Island

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In the early part of the century, thousands of African Americans migrated from the rural South in search of a better life in the northern industrial cities. This black migration was an important event in U.S. history. It fueled the factories of the North, but hurt an already weakened southern economy. In East St. Louis, Ill., trouble was brewing as black workers were being hired to replace striking white workers. It all came to a head on the night of July 1, 1917 when two white men shot randomly into homes in a black neighborhood. As the riot escalated, the militia was called in. When the dust settled, thirty-nine people were officially reported dead and many more were injured. The black community was convinced that these numbers were low, but President Wilson refused to permit a fed [...]
Online
1989