Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Today’s Video: Race

Back in 1993 PBS aired "Americas," a seven-part series based on the book by the same name from Professor Peter Winn. One of the episodes focused on perceptions of race in the Dominican Republic including tensions with neighboring Haiti and the policy of blanquismo promoted by ex-strongman Rafael Trujillo.

These themes will likely by discussed in tonight's first chapter of "Black in Latin America," a series hosted and narrated by historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Tonight's episode examines the complexities of race in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and also "diffuses and defuses some of the most incendiary components of the race discussion" according to The A.V. Club.

The series runs in four parts and future episodes will focus on countries like Cuba and Brazil. In the meantime, the following is a brief preview of what may be a promising series:

Online Sources - The A.V. Club, Wikipedia
Video Source - PBS via YouTube

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