WHO WE ARE: A CHRONICLE OF RACISM IN AMERICA
With a clear-eyed view of how the past informs the present, former ACLU attorney Jeffrey Robinson takes us on a revelatory tour of 400 years of anti-Black racism in America.
For over ten years, Jeffrey Robinson has toured the country, speaking about the institutionalized racism against African Americans that’s deeply interwoven throughout American society. Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America takes a recent presentation, filmed in front of a live audience at Broadway’s Town Hall, and expands upon it, following Robinson as he steps off the stage and into the heart of Black America. There, he encounters eyewitnesses to history, including the last known survivor of the Tulsa Massacre, Confederate monument proponents, and activists working every day to make a meaningful difference. He examines his own family history and travels from a historical slave market to the Lorraine Motel to an anonymous Manhattan hallway where an encounter between a young Black man and the police almost turned tragic. Open and engaging, Robinson speaks with a clarity that is arresting to hear. Combining anger and heartache with humor and a genuine hope for change, he presents his chronicle of racism not just as an indictment of America’s past and present, but also as a challenge for the future. We can do better, he says. We must do better.
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