Screening, "How Racism Harms White Americans"


A screening of How Racism Harms White Americans, a documentary from the Media Education Foundation, will take place on Thursday, March 28 at 7 pm in Thompson 104.  A Q&A with John H. Bracey Jr., who is featured in the film and is Professor and Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst, will immediately follow.  More information about the film is below.

How Racism Harms White Americans

With John H. Bracey Jr.

Distinguished historian John H. Bracey Jr. offers a provocative analysis of the devastating economic, political, and social effects of racism on white Americans. In a departure from analyses of racism that have focused primarily on white power and privilege, Bracey trains his focus on the high price that white people, especially working class whites, have paid for more than two centuries of divisive race-based policies and attitudes. Whether he's discussing the pivotal role slavery played in the war for independence, the two million white Americans who died in a civil war fought over the question of slavery, or how business owners took advantage of the segregation of America's first labor unions and used low-wage, non-unionized black workers to undercut the bargaining power of white workers, Bracey's central point is that failing to acknowledge the centrality of race, and racism, to the American project not only minimizes the suffering of black people, but also blinds us to how white people have been harmed as well.

The event is sponsored by the Departments of Communication and Afro-American Studies.

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:00pm