We The People, film from Kristin Thomas

We The People

Fifty years after the Civil Rights movement racism is still a top social concern in America. Incidents in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Florida sparked revolutionary protests nationwide and gained international coverage. But is this drama the romanticization of social media, or has America truly regressed in the fight on combating racism? Most would say the latter.The Black Lives Matter movement and its counterpart, the controversial retort, "All Lives Matter" is a public example that equality is not a one size fits all concept. Whites think discrimination against whites is a bigger problem than bias against blacks1. However, this is not just a black and white issue. Only 27 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Muslim Americans post 9/112. And with immigration being a main talking point in the 2016 presidential election many Latino Americans sense there is a lack of empathy for their plight, and have strongly rejected the notion they are of lesser value to this country. So if equality is the goal for all the people, then why are the people's perception of it so conflicting?The film "We the People" addresses the regeneration of racism by visiting communities across the country to see if there is a visceral fear of change. The film's subjects, from a variety of socioeconomic and racial backgrounds, will recount their first experience(s) with racism as a victim or aggressor, and voice their opinion on how racism has evolved in there own region. Does the people's perception align with our nation's critical thinkers' contention that racism is too much of an integral element in American culture to destroy? We the People explores these things with one question in mind: Am I no different from you?

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About the film

Duration

70 Minutes

Country

United States

Language

English

Selected by

The Film Network

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