Celebrate Black Heritage Month
Join us for the Spring Feature Movie Series.
This week's feature is the interesting documentary Race the Power
of an Illusion! Come experience this awesome documentary in our
very own Gameroom!
Race the Power of an Illusion
Race is one topic where we all think we're experts. Yet ask 10
people to define race or name "the races," and you're likely to get
10 different answers. Few issues are characterized by more
contradictory assumptions and myths, each voiced with absolute
In producing this series, we felt it was important to go back to
first principles and ask, What is this thing called "race?" - a
question so basic it is rarely raised. What we discovered is that
most of our common assumptions about race - for instance, that the
world's people can be divided biologically along racial lines - are
wrong. Yet the consequences of racism are very real.
How do we make sense of these two seeming contradictions? Our hope
is that this series can help us all navigate through our myths and
misconceptions, and scrutinize some of the assumptions we take for
granted. In that sense, the real subject of the film is not so much
race but the viewer, or more precisely, the notions about race we
We hope this series can help clear away the biological underbrush
and leave starkly visible the underlying social, economic, and
political conditions that disproportionately channel advantages and
opportunities to white people. Perhaps then we can shift the
conversation from discussing diversity and respecting cultural
difference to building a more just and equitable society.
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Friday, February 26, 2010
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Campus Center Gameroom, Staten Island Campus