In the Town Hall Theater on Broadway in New York City, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Jeffery Robinson faces a large audience in a groundbreaking talk on the history of anti-Black racism in the United States of America. Robinson’s words are powerful, weaving together heartbreak, humour, passion and rage. Using this talk as a starting point, Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America interweaves historical archive and present-day footage with interviews that tell Robinson’s own personal story, chronicling Robinson’s meetings with Black change-makers and eyewitnesses to history. From a hanging tree in Charleston, South Carolina, to a walking tour of the origins of slavery in colonial New York, to the site of a 1947 lynching in rural Alabama, the film presents the enduring legacy of white supremacy, and our collective responsibility to overcome it.
Content Note Racism, police brutality, slavery.
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