Race: The Power of an Illusion Part 2

Thursday, October 5, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center 519
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Robert Jones
Multicultural Education

*Episode II – “The Story We Tell” uncovers the roots of the race concept, including the 19th-century science that legitimated it and the hold it has gained over our minds. It’s an eye-opening tale of how America’s need to defend slavery in the face of a radical new belief in freedom and equality led to a full-blown ideology of white supremacy.

Noting the experience of Cherokee Indians, the U.S. war against Mexico and annexation of the Philippines, the film shows how definitions of race excluded from humanity not only Black people, but anyone who stood in the way of American expansion. The program traces the transformation of tentative suspicions about difference into a "common-sense" wisdom that people used to explain everything from individual behavior to the fate of whole societies, an idea of race that persists to this day.

Open to the Public

Categories: Office of Multicultural Education, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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