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The House We Live In
Race: The Power of an Illusion Series

Year

2003

Producer

California Newsreel

Country of Origin

United States

Duration

00:57:00

Product Code

CAL03003000

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If race doesn't 'live' in our bodies, where does it live? And why should it still matter? The final episode reveals how our institutions give race its meaning and power by advantaging the 'unmarked' race - white people. Who is white? In the early 20th century, the answer wasn't always clear. Often the courts had to decide, and they resorted to inconsistent racial categories to maintain the color line. After World War II, European ethnics, once considered not quite white, blended together and reaped the advantages of whiteness in new suburbs (made possible by government money and policies) while African Americans and other nonwhites were locked out. Today, the typical white family has eight times the wealth of the average Black family. Forty years after the Civil Rights Movement, the playing field is still not level and 'colour blind' policies only perpetuate these inequities.

Key Product Data

Production Year
2003

Duration
00:57:00

Producer
California Newsreel

Country Of Origin
United States

Level
Middle Secondary to Professional

Product Code
CAL03003000