The Color of Fear

This video is about an hour and a half long. I know that in the blogging world where we hop from one site to another, an hour and a half is a very long time. But this is an important documentary. Those of you from outside the USA may not be able to relate to it in the same way that we do, but I hope you will learn. The Color of Fear is provocative, fearsome and hopeful. Watch it if and when you can, then let me know what you think.  Enjoy!

The Color of Fear

(Sorry, I seem to have lost the ability to embed videos in my post. The link will take you there.)

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3 thoughts on “The Color of Fear

  1. A very fascinating documentary. Clearly racism exists in every country in the world and between every race, colour and creed but I wonder if the situation in the states is a by product of the fact that all the ‘European’ whites appear to the other ‘races’ to be one homogenous block of people rather than individual nationalities?

    In the ‘United States of Europe’ people are much more ‘nationality aware’. A person is British, German, French, Spanish or Irish – for example – before they are European. You wouldn’t find someone from Ireland referring to themselves as ‘Irish European’. The effect is that each nationality is viewed separately and the fact that their attitudes to race can differ is more apparent.

    I could write so much more on this complicated subject but will end with a quote from The NewStatesman on the subject of the London Olympics and what it called ‘the rise of the new patriotism’. The leader used Mogadishu born Mo Farah and a quote to illustrate its point – When asked in the aftermath of his victory in the 10,000 metres if he would rather have been representing Somalia. Mr Farah said, in his engaging chirpy London accent: “Look, mate, this is my country. This is where I grew up, this is where I started life. This is my country and when I put on my Great Britain vest, I’m proud, I’m very proud.” Perhaps it says something about the stage we have reached in Britain today – yes there is still racism but, except in a few cases such as the National Front and the BNP, it is muted. Attitudes have certainly changed a great deal in my lifetime and long may they continue to improve 🙂

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful response, Martin. I think that the racism we see in the US is born out of our apartheid system of slavery which ended with the Civil War that tore this country apart. After that the “Jim Crow” attitudes of the south which disparaged people of color in the worst ways emerged and prevailed till the Civil Rights Movement (a bloody movement) put an end to overt racism. . . mostly. Strides were made forward, but in recent years, especially with the election of an African American president, race issues are once again pushed to the forefront of the news. Regularly we hear reports of citizens calling for the president’s lynching, or assassination, or “deportation” to Kenya (even though he is not native to Kenya!) The vitriol is terrifying at times. This is an issue with a turbulent history in this country. I don’t see that kind of a history in European countries, or even in South American countries. Great Britain ended slavery long before the US did, and they did so without the same kind of bloodshed that the US experienced. I firmly believe that Euro-Americans will have to step up to the plate to address their/our own racism if ever we will see an end to this. This video depicts a group of men doing exactly that. I agree with you though, in some areas we have made great strides and seen improvement, and “long may they continue to improve 🙂 “

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