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October 2019

The Uncomfortable Truth: The History of Racism in America

October 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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When the son of a Civil Rights Hero dives into the 400 year history of racism in America, he is confronted with the shocking reality that his family was involved from the very beginning. A comprehensive and insightful exploration of the origins and history of racism in America -- from slavery to Jim Crow era, from lynchings to protests -- told through a very personal and honest story. Winner of Best Documentary at the Utah Film Awards, National Black Film…

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Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice

October 17, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Presenting a historical narrative not often heard about prisons and crime, this documentary investigates the complex issues of discretion within the system, racial targeting, and the largest spike in the number of people incarcerated in our nation's history. Through interviews with people caught up in or involved with the system, this documentary answers and provokes questions on an issue walled-off from the public's scrutiny.  (Run time: 1 hour)   This screening will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by…

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Great White Hoax: Donald Trump and the Politics of Race and Class in America

October 24, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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Acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise explores how Donald Trump expertly tapped into long-simmering racial tensions and rode an accelerating wave of white anxiety and grievance straight to the White House. Rejecting the notion that Trump's racial appeals to white voters during the 2016 campaign somehow represented a break with business as usual, Wise shows how the politics of racial scapegoating have been operative in conservative and establishment Republican circles for decades. He also rejects the notion that the…

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