Race 2012 Documentary: My Review
By JuleneAllen on October 20, 2012
Race 2012 Documentary is a powerful election special featured on PBS, A Conversation About Race and Politics in America, a PBS election special, uses the current presidential election as a lens through which to explore America’s rapidly changing racial landscape. It's an intriguing documentary that focuses on the dynamics of race, and what may even be an epidemic.
So what is race? I can tell you that in our society, we have not only culturally defined its term, but associated it by class. We know who is poor in our society. We know who is rich. But according to this shift within American society, much of that is morphing into something quite different. The film discusses the dwindling population of white America, including its holdings. Much of this is amongst the middle class. However, the 1% or those who maintain much of the nation's resources, appear to be not only regenerating itself, but moving further upward in wealth, subjecting the white middle class to poverty, as they are left to compete with their minority counterparts. This appears to not only be a dangerous dynamic, but terrifying to some white groups. The terror and racist tone seem to have heighten upon electing an African American for president, even though many thought the shift in leadership would bring about some sort of social change. Majority white groups and conservative white politicians seem to have used this as a platform to build their case to shed light on who they thought were "dependent" on government.
Tim Wise, Author of Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority, discusses in the documentary, the Homestead Act; Two Hundred and Forty million acres of free land was given out to whites. It wasn't considered a handout then, nor was it considered an act of welfare. It was nation-building. In the 1930's and 40's the FHA loans, VA loans and the GI Bill were enacted. These programs were open to "everyone", but exclusively to whites. Wise explains that this was considered good macroeconomic policies. Now that many of these programs are associated with minority groups, or the poor people within our society, they have become systematic problems within our government. They are often associated with government dependency and subjected to negative talking points amongst Conservative white America. It's a dynamic in which white America may be losing, as the country turns brown. The Hispanic population is increasing at a vast rate. By 2040, whites will be officially a minority group, due to immigration and integration.
Minorities are feeling optimistic about their future, especially after undergoing years of subjugation, while whites are in fear of what's to come. White privilege and black baggage may be a thing of the past, as we literally leap into this sort of brown future.
The documentary exposes some truly fasicating points. Yet, it has not relieved my sense of doubt. I believe that racism will continue to move forward. In my mind, privilege and entitlement is not a bad thing, especially if Americans on all levels are contributing to this great country. It is the idea that some groups feel that they are more deserving, while others are not. These government programs were designed to make life better for all Americans, regardless of race, class or income. We can not progress nor advance our society, if we refuse to subject ourselves to that sort of mindset. A brown future does not absolve us from this superior and inferior complex, as we mix, mingle, assimilate and integrate. It just makes us brown and full of hatred for those that are different.
Don't take my word for it. You just watch the exciting documentary, Race 2012! It airs again on October 19th on PBS! So chck your local listings. If you can't make the date, then watch online right now @ http://www.pbs.org/programs/race-2012/ .
Follow the Race 2012 Bloggers Project and read other opinions @ http://race2012pbs.org/election/blog-page/ .
Make sure you check out the Machine Blogger behind the project, Monica Medina at http://monicastangledweb.com/ .
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