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|Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 08:05 pm: |
The Myth of Race
PBS Program- Race: the Power of an Illusion
Even in the 21st century, many still believe that certain innate human characteristics and behavior are based n race. But a new three-part documentary airing this spring on PBS "Race: The Power of an Illusion" explains that there is no scientific basis for assumptions about racial difference Yet race continues to be a defining and divisive subject.
The film traces the evolution of the idea of race in the United States. The first episode. "The Difference Between Us, "explores the biology of race to show that racial biological differences are extremely minimal and have no genetic basis. In the second hour, "The Story We Tell", race is examined historically from a legal and social perspective. The final hour, "the House We Live In," analyzes the role race still plays in contemporary life, from public housing to access to financial assets. As America continues to debate affirmative action, "Race: The Power of an Illusion"reveals the direct link between past racism and contemporary society.
"Race: The Power of an Illusion"will be broadcast on April 24, May 1st, and May 8th. Log on to www.pbs.com for more information on the film and broadcast times.
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