Historical racism continues to be reflected in socioeconomic inequality, and has taken on more modern, indirect forms of expression, most prevalently symbolic racism. This is a provocative documentary which poses some elegant questions about some commonly held dogmas concerning the perception of racism in America. Is the term Racism, itself, a social construct?
A Conversation About Race, filmmaker Craig Bodeker redefines the conventional wisdom on Race and Racism.
Bodeker posted an advertisement on Craigslist in Denver under the heading “Ending Racism Now,” then interviewed respondents on film. He also did “man on the street” interviews. There was no shortage of ager participants; he spoke to 50 people on camera, including whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians.
They agree that racism is pervasive, but are unable to give a clear definition of the term. He asks them to describe examples of racism in their own lives. They oblige–but their stories are ambiguous or innocuous. The answers are astonishing.