Matters of Race

  • 2003
  • 1 Season
  • TV-PG

Discrimination, prejudice, bias and bigotry are explored from various racial perspectives in four one-hour films. Executive producer Orlando Bagwell's other credits include the 1999 PBS series `Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery,' and two episodes of the landmark 1987 series `Eyes on the Prize.'

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Season 1, Episode 3 We're Still Here

First Aired: September 24, 2003

In Part 3 of four, Lakota Native Americans on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation and native Hawaiians air their grievances. Both claim that their cultures are under siege. “I don't know our language,” laments Nate Bordeaux, a Lakota (in English), while Hula teacher Victoria Holt Takamine complains of a “cultural genocide against the Hawaiian people.” In both places, governmental preferences to natives, many of whom are poor, are being challenged by whites who say that such preferences are race-based and thus unconstitional. “They want our land,” sniffs a Native American, while Takamine says: “It's not about being racist, it's about being Hawaiian.”

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