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Title:Race the power of an illusion / produced by California Newsreel ; in association with the Independent Television Service ; series creator /executive producer, Larry Adelman ; series co-producer, Jean Cheng.
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Summary:"The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups--'red,' 'black,' 'white' or 'yellow' peoples--has became so deeply imbedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Yet, that's exactly what this provocative, new three-hour series by California Newsreel claims. Race: The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no more sound than believing that the sun revolves around the earth. Episode 1: The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science--including genetics--that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits. Episode 2: The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as 'natural.' Episode 3: The House We Live In asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions 'make' race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people."--California Newsreel website
Available to current Chattanooga State Community College students, faculty, and staff only; password required.
Contents:Episode 1: The Difference between us / written, produced and directed by Christine Herbes-Sommers (57 min.)
Episode 2: The Story we tell / written, produced and directed by Tracy Heather Strain (57 min.)
Episode 3: The House we live in / written, produced and directed by Llewellyn M. Smith (57 min.).
Human genetics--Social aspects.
African Americans--History--Public opinion.
Asian Americans--History--Public opinion.
Race awareness--United States--History.
Documentary television programs.
United States--Race relations--History.
United States--Emigration and immigration--History.