As I mentioned in an earlier post, no matter what issues we seek to address under the Social Justice umbrella, we’re probably going to find evidence of some kind of discrimination against marginalized groups (e.g. racism, sexism, ageism, etc.) and/or some kind of economic disparity. Some of the nonprofits you will work with for this class may want to address issues of racism in their advocacy work.
Recently, I ran across the documentary called “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America.” It features Jeffery Robinson, an Harvard-educated attorney who was raised in Memphis, and who now is a racial justice advocate. This film, released in 2021, was extremely thought provoking to me, so much so that I felt compelled to share it with all of you and begin a dialogue about this shameful part of our nation’s history. Much of what Mr. Robinson talks about in this film greatly influences the advocacy work that individuals and organizations do around the issue of racism.
My son helped me to create a YouTube channel, where I could share this film with you without you having to purchase it. Here’s the instructions for accessing it:
1. Log into You Tube
2. Hit the “Sign In” button
3. Input the User Name ( email@example.com) and the Password ( memphistigers23 ). The user name and password are all lowercase.
4. Go to the right corner and press the “C” icon, which should bring up a drop down menu
5. Drop down to “Purchases and Memberships”
6. The film, “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” should be there for you to click on and view.
The film is about two hours long, so I want to give you time to watch it then offer your thoughts about it in this discussion board. I’m curious to hear your reactions to Mr. Robinson’s perspectives. Are there points that he makes that you strongly agree with? Are there points that he makes that you disagree with? Do you think that this man’s perspective on the issue of Racism in America are helpful as we try to promote unity and acceptance in our society? Share other general thoughts you have about this film after you watch it. I hope you’ll feel comfortable to share your honest thoughts about this documentary.
Please offer your thoughts in this Discussion Board on or before March 2nd. As with other posts, this assignment is worth 30 points. Again, this film is about two hours long.