Post Slavery and Beyond: Race Matters

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“This election clearly represented a backlash against the progress black people have made since 1965″ Henry Louis Gates

With the wake-up call of election results, there are two new documentaries that should be required viewing for every white American.

The first is Ava DuVernay’s Netflix documentary, “13th”, that tells the full story of racial oppression in this country by focusing on our prison system and the massive incarceration of black males.

The second is Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” reflecting on black history and the stark racial divide that emerged following the election of the country’s first African American president.

Seeing these helps us understand the election in an historical context and leads us to consider next steps that will insure that all lives matter.



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