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Natural Disaster Exposes Racial Divide (06:22)


Hurricane Katrina left 100,000 people (mostly black) stranded without food, shelter, or healthcare. When they tried to escape to suburbs, police and residents with guns barred the way. Rescue efforts were unorganized, obstructed by media-promoted rumors of crime that were based on stereotypes.

Addressing Racism in Disaster Response (02:21)

Kanye West shocked many when he spoke out about racist representations in news coverage and the government's inconsideration of black people. Senator Barack Obama visited evacuees in Houston and spoke out about the inadequate government response to Hurricane Katrina.

Election of Barack Obama (09:02)

Obama's candidacy came at a difficult time in the United States; he promised to find solutions to the recession and war in Iraq. Obama expressed shared values, goals of the Civil Rights movement, and hope of unifying the country.

Impact of Obama's Election (07:11)

Obama's election brought hope for a new generation, civil rights veterans, and diverse groups around the world. As Obama began to address the economic issues, he encountered blatant racism. Eric H. Holder, Jr. argues that rather than bringing about a post-racial state, Obama's election exposed the deep-rooted racism in the country.

Black Representation and Voices in Media (02:28)

Although black people are more visible and diverse in arts and entertainment, public views of successful blacks do not apply to the wider black population. Shonda Rhimes explains the media needs to reflect the diversity in real life; black roles should be diverse as well, not just representing an ideal role model.

Resegregation of Schools (04:07)

At a high school in South Boston, a class reflects on the busing program that attempted to integrate schools in the 1960s. The school that was once all white is now mostly black and low income because of white movement out of the city or to private schools.

Voter Suppression (01:14)

Several states began passing a new voter ID law which obstructs many people from voting. Obama speaks out about how this political decision violates rights and makes it too hard for people to vote.

Incarceration of Black Men (02:18)

The mass imprisonment of black men is the primary symbol of racism in the U.S. Instead of investing in employment and education, the government has adopted the short-term solution of police and prisons. This system has a huge financial cost and is devastating for families and the individuals.

Barriers to Rejoining Society After Prison (03:18)

Ronald Day faced obstacles after leaving prison, but succeeded in earning Master's degree. He and another ex-convict run Fortune Society which helps former prisoners gain the skills and knowledge to succeed. People have the capacity to change if they have support.

Problems With Policing (03:37)

Jelani Cobb illustrates the troubling relationship between black men and police in the U.S. and the criminality that white society automatically perceives in black men. Police violence against black people is constant. When police shot Michael Brown in 2014, they left his body in the street.

Black Lives Matter (06:48)

DeRay McKesson explains the violence of police toward protesters after the Brown shooting. Three women started a movement that asserts the value of black lives and fights against police racial violence and lack of justice. New ways of sharing videos and news with a massive audience has fueled the movement.

Influence of Black Lives Matter Movement (04:08)

Young people are reviving the energy of the Civil Rrights movement. Vincent Brown explains the movement allowed middle class blacks to overcome barriers but did not improve inequality; black people are still associated with poverty and crime. McKesson states that joy and hope in black communities continues.

Credits: Touch the Sky (Part 4) (01:15)

Credits: Touch the Sky (Part 4)

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Part of the Series : Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise
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The final hour brings the story up to the present day. Gates celebrates how far African Americans have come toward equality and raises hard questions about the obstacles that remain.

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL151183

Copyright date: ©2016

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