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1.

I Am Not Your Negro

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Master documentary filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. A journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
DVD
2017; 2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

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"In the U.S., race --more than any other demographic factor-- determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth. This film reveals a self-perpetuating system of inequity in which internal factors play out in external structures: institutions, policy and law. Designed for dialogue and learning, Cracking the codes : the system of racial inequity works to disentangle internal beliefs within, as it builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity"--Container.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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O.J.: Made in America

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An essential examination of the rise and fall of Orenthal James Simpson, and parallels between his incredible story with that of race in America. This critically-acclaimed documentary series reveals how he first became a football star, why America fell in love with him off the field, what happened in the trial for his ex-wife's murder, and finally, why he is now sitting in jail for another crime 20 years later.; Part I: In the turbulent 1960s, young OJ Simpson rises to fame as a football star first for the USC Trojans, than with the Buffalo Bills in the NFL and becomes one of the first black celebrities embraced by the white mainstream -- summary from imdb.com.; Part II: OJ retires from football, becomes an actor and marries his second wife, Nicole. Meanwhile, tensions rise between L [...]
DVD
2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.

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"More African Americans are under 'correctional' (prison) control today than were enslaved in 1850. Why? The movie explores mass incarceration across the U.S. and the intersection of race, poverty, and the criminal justice and penal systems. It centers around Michelle Alexander's theory in her groundbreaking book, 'The New Jim Crow:' through the rise of the drug war and tough on crime policies, because discretion within the system allows for targeting people of color at disproportionately high rates, mass incarceration is the new caste system in America. The movie dissects the War on Drugs and 'tough on crime' movement, illustrates how the emerging Occupy movement offers hope for change, and explores possible reforms and solutions to ending mass incarceration and this new racial cast [...]
DVD
2012
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Blink

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Once a fanatical rising star in the white supremacist movement, Greg Winthrow grapples with a legacy of hatred handed down across generations in this haunting documentary. The film reveals how class divisions are masked by racial confict and follows the intense, angry and breathtakingly resourceful Winthrow as he grapples with his own redemption from a heritage of violence.
DVD
2012; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices

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Four prominent African-American writers each narrate a period in the life of the sociologist and author W.E.B. Du Bois, and describe his impact on their work. They chronicle Du Bois' role as a founder of the NAACP, organizer of the first Pan-African Congress, editor of Crisis, a journal of the black cultural renaissance, and author of a series of landmark sociological studies. Anathematized during the McCarthy years, Du Bois immigrated to Ghana, the first independent African state, where he died.
DVD
1997; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Central Park Five

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Chronicles America's complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the "Central Park 5"--A group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York.
DVD
2013; 2012
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Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

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This film advances the argument that with transformative learning, a dialogue for learning, changing, healing, and undoing race-based oppression can begin. It features the experiences and stories of White women and men who are social justice advocates. They have worked to gain insight into what it means, as White people, to challenge notions of race, racism, culture and White identity development in the United States. Their shared reflections speak to the denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear and shame often related to these issues and show how these responses can be replaced with solid commitments towards racial justice.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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White Like Me

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White Like Me, based on the work of Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North

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"Traces of the Trade" follows Browne and nine fellow descendants of the DeWolf family from Rhode Island as they travel the Triangle Trade route -- New England, Ghana and Cuba -- which their ancestors used to amass a fortune trading slaves, rum and sugar. The film's release eas timed to coincide with the bicentenary of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

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"THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television." Description from mrqe.com.
DVD
2011
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Prom Night in Mississippi

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In 1997, actor Morgan Freeman, a resident of the small town of Charleston, Miss., offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School under one condition: the prom must be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008 he offered again, and the offer was accepted, changing the tradition of two separate proms for blacks and whites that had endured since the high school was integrated in 1970. Shows the problems and lessons learned as the event was planned and held. With comments from Morgan Freeman, students, and others. Intended to explore attitudes of racial intolerance that still persist today. In 2008, Charleston High School had 415 students, 70% black and 30% white.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Pathology of Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality

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Tim Wise offers a unique, inside-out view of race and racism in America. Wise provides a non-confrontational explanation of white privilege and the damage it does not only to people of color, but to white people as well. This is an introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a new tool for exploring the often invoked--but seldom explained--concept of white privilege.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

Vincent Who?

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Looks at the legacy of the case of Vincent Chin, a young Chinese American man who was attacked and killed at his bachelor's party at a suburban Detroit bar by current and former autoworkers who were unhappy with competition from Japanese auto manufacturers. The case attracted wide attention after Chin's attackers struck a plea bargain and were sentenced to three thousand dollars in fines and three years in prison, time that they never were required to serve after posting bail. Indignation by the Asian American community and others led to further charges being filed against the perpetrators. The film explores how the murder of Vincent Chin continues to have meaning to society today, as well as how the hate crime remains unknown or forgotten in many Americans' minds.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Color Adjustment

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A landmark study of prejudice and perception. This documentary revisits popular primt time television shows such as Beulah, The Nat King Cole Show, Julia, I Spy, Good Times, and Roots. Actors Esther Rolle, Diahann Carroll and Tim Reid along with Hollywood producers Norman Lear, Steven Bochco and David Wolper reveal how bitter racial conflict was absorbed by the non-controversial format of the prime time series.
DVD
1991
Clemons (Stacks)
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What Does It Mean to Be White?: The Invisible Whiteness of Being

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Through a series of interviews, Dr. Sue defines white privilege and uses examples to indicate how white privilege serves to keep Whites relatively oblivious to the opposite effect this has on persons of color.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Skin Deep

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A diverse group of college students reveal their honest feelings and attitudes about race and racism. Students are interviewed alone, and then discuss the issues in a group setting.
DVD
1995
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Confederacy Theory

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Confederacy theory presents an unflinching portrait of the cultural war that has erupted around the confederate flag. Using never-before-seen archival footage and exclusive interviews with politicians, pundits, activists, and scholars, Confederacy theory traces the history of this symbol and its impact on Southern culture, history, and identity -- from the Civil War to the front lines of a modern-day secession movement.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

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The rise and fall of Jim Crow offers the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. This definitive four-part series documents the context in which the laws of segregation known as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

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Fred Korematsu was probably never more American than when he resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Korematsu lost his landmrk Supreme Court case in 1944, but never his indignation and resolve. This is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu -- one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory.--Container.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)