Race: The Power of an Illusion Screenings

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Join us for a three-part PBS documentary and discussion about race, privilege, policy and justice. Events will be held at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Ave. E. in St. Paul.  

“RACE: The Power of an Illusion”

Episode 1: “The Difference Between Us”

Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Everyone can tell a Nubian from a Norwegian, so why not divide people into different races? Race may not be biological, but it is still a powerful social idea with real consequences for people’s lives.

Episode 2: “The Story We Tell”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

Ironically, not slavery but freedom led to an ideology of white supremacy.  This episode explores how deep social inequalities came to be rationalized as natural, deflecting attention from social practices and public policies that benefitted whites at the expense of others.

Episode 3: “The House We Live In ”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.

We see how benefits quietly and often invisibly accrue to white people, because of the racialized nature of our laws, courts, customs and perhaps most pertinently, our housing. This episode shows us that until we address the legacy of past discrimination, the dream of equality will remain out of reach.

This Community Conversation Series is presented by Neighborhood House, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Keystone Community Services and Merrick Community Services.