America has the biggest problem when it comes to racism against black people compared to anywhere else in the world. America also has a strong history with racism that has not only affected the way people live, but the way that laws are passed and how its people think that racism is acceptable.
From the earliest days of the founding of the United States, racism has been constitutional. Jeffery Robinson’s documentary, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America explains right from the very start to the present day exactly how that happened.
Taking moments from his lecture, discussions with those people who have been indoctrinated into a racist ideology and the families of victims killed in racist attacks, Jeffery Robinson lays out everything for his audience to see. Who We Are shows everything from the writing in the constitution that allowed slavery to today where the Black Lives Matter movement is stronger than ever and has white people marching with black people for equality and peace.
For those who know their history, but tend to ignore the problematic parts, Robinson confronts them head on. Giving examples through history and politics from George Washington to Donald Trump, Robinson’s lecture shows that even when you think it doesn’t affect you directly, racism finds a way to get under your skin. He even reveals that the way black people are portrayed in society has even affected his judgment.
However, for those who may not be interested in history and politics, Robinson’s interviews with the family of victims of racial attacks may hit home harder. Showing footage of their attacks from either angry mobs or the supposed law enforcers, it gives those who are unaware exactly what it’s like to be black in America.
Those people who think that racism is just a part of every day life and that people should just accept it would be best served to watch Robinson’s documentary. Those who don’t think racism affects them and that they are not racist should watch Robinson’s documentary and have their eyes opened.
Because as soon as we rest on our laurels and pretend that racism doesn’t exist or think that there’s nothing that we can do about it – that’s when it happens.
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