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By Robert A. Vella

Last night, PBS aired an Independent Lens documentary titled American Denial which examined a sociological study of racism in America begun in the 1930s.  It is the most profound and uncomfortably revealing work of journalism I’ve ever seen on the subject of race which I’m rating as MUST SEE for the readers of this blog.

Of particular note is its focus on the abject disparity between the conscious and subconscious attitudes of white Americans towards black people and other ethnic groups.  The documentary also exposes how this psychological phenomenon impacts cultural perceptions, expectations, and biases in America which affect all persons regardless of race and ethnicity.  Examples include doctors who treat people differently even though the patients suffer from the same condition, black children who choose white dolls as more “beautiful” and “good,” political dynamics which label poor blacks as “inferior,” and law enforcement practices which…

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