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Watch Now: 3-Part BBC Documentary 'Racism: A History' Narrated By Sophie Okonedo

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 14, 2012 12:42 PM
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Some "light" viewing, if you happen to be at home this weekend, and need something to watch, and have about 3 hours to kill :)

Titled Racism: A History, the 2007 BBC 3-part documentary explores the impact of racism on a global scale. It was part of the season of programs on the BBC marking the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

It's divided into 3 parts.

The first, The Colour of Money...

Begins the series by assessing the implications of the relationship between Europe, Africa and the Americas in the 15th century. It considers how racist ideas and practices developed in key religious and secular institutions, and how they showed up in writings by European philosophers Aristotle and Immanuel Kant.

The second, Fatal Impact...

Examines the idea of scientific racism, an ideology invented during the 19th century that drew on now discredited practices such as phrenology and provided an ideological justification for racism and slavery. The episode shows how these theories ultimately led to eugenics and Nazi racial policies of the master race.

And the 3rd, A Savage Legacy...

Examines the impact of racism in the 20th century. By 1900 European colonial expansion had reached deep into the heart of Africa. Under the rule of King Leopold II, the Belgian Congo was turned into a vast rubber plantation. Men, women and children who failed to gather their latex quotas would have their limbs dismembered. The country became the scene of one of the century's greatest racial genocides, as an estimated 10 million Africans perished under colonial rule.

It's definitely worth while, even if you think you know everything there is to know about slavery; I especially like it's global perspective.

By the way, Sophie Okonedo narrates.

Here's part 1:

Here's part 2:

Here's part 3:

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8 Comments

  • klm, the real AC! | July 15, 2012 3:45 AMReply

    Yo, yo, yoooooooo! Who's the Troll using my handle to echo and provoke? Step up and identify yourself. That's really creepy, I'm sayin'....

  • COMMENT POLICE | July 15, 2012 8:55 AM

    THERE'S BEEN A RECENT RASH OF FRAUDULENT COMMENTS & USER IMPERSONATIONS, INCLUDING THAT OF COMMENTER WOW IN FANBOY CULTURE PART 4 THREAD AT 10:23 ON JULY 13 AND OF COMMENTER AKIMBO IN THE NOW-DELETED FIRST LOOK AT TRACY HEGGINS IN TWIGHT THREAD. I AM ON THE CASE. I HAVE MY SIGHTS SET ON ONE LOW LEVEL COMMENTER, ONE MORE PROLIFIC AND SCRAPPY COMMENTER, AND (GASP)AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SITE. SHOULD THIS PROVE TO BE AN INSIDE JOB, I'M GOING TO NEED SERIOUS BACKUP. KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU, PEOPLE, THESE ARE DANGEROUS TIMES.

  • Animation | July 14, 2012 11:11 PMReply

    The hatred of black Africans started long before the European slave trade. The Arab slave trade of Africans started around 6 BC. And the hatred of black Africans was long before that around the various Empires of the old world before ever leaving to the New World. Case in point, around the early 1200's AD an Indian Queen of India had Ethiopian slaves and a sexual relationship with one of them. Once the Ottoman rulers to the north found out they killed her and crushed her kingdom. Forgot her name, but India did do a movie about it where an Indian used blackface or brownface to play the Ethiopian slave.

  • Africameleon | July 14, 2012 9:57 PMReply

    @ TBP please watch the documentary. Your question is answered in the first video.

  • AFRICAMELEON | July 15, 2012 12:17 AM

    @ TBP They said you should click the play button on the player and watch the documentary.

  • the black police | July 14, 2012 11:42 PM

    What did they say?

  • the black police | July 14, 2012 1:19 PMReply

    Does racism only involved black people?

  • Curtis | July 14, 2012 1:27 PM

    Does it?

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