What is the social, legal, and political history of racism in the United States? How do we even define race? These are critical questions that inform how we understand and talk about these issues today. From the recent controversy about the racial status of a white woman claiming to be black (Rachel Dolezal), to anti-police violence protests in Ferguson, Missouri and dozens of other cities, race continues to be at the center of what defines and divides us as Americans and world citizens. Join us for three thought-provoking documentaries about the social construction of race in the U.S.
When: Wednesdays in August 2015
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm (based on length of film)
Location: 1255 S. Halsted | PUJA – Pop Up Just Art Gallery
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- August 12, 2015, “Ethnic Notions”. is Marlon Riggs’ Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America.
- August 19, 2015, “The Story We Tell” traces the origins o the racial idea to the European conquest of the New World and to the American slave system – the first ever where all the slaves shared similar physical trails and a common ancestry.
- August 26, 2015, “The House We Live In,” is the first film about race to focus not on individual attitudes and behavior but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others.