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Understanding race relations in America

Now, I’m just a white guy from Australia who’s only visited the US a few times, so there’s a strong element of “What the hell would I know?”[*], but still … I suspect that if you want a quick, visual introduction to race relations and the issues facing non-whites in America, you would not do too badly by only watching three things:

[*] The answer, of course, is “probably not very much,” especially if you subscribe solely to ethnographic or other immersive techniques of sociological fact-finding, but since my wife grew up as an Hispanic immigrant in the (28% African-American, 6% Hispanic) state of Georgia, I work on the assumption that even if I have no clue, she’ll yell at me if I say something entirely stupid.