Independent Lens: American Denial

Independent Lens: American Denial

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 6:00pm

In 1938, the Carnegie Corporation commissioned Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal to begin his landmark study of race and inequality in the United States. His question: How could a people who cherish freedom and fairness also create such a racially oppressive society? Published in 1944, “An American Dilemma” was cited in the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision to desegregate America’s schools. Seventy years later, Myrdal’s question continues to challenge America – how do we explain the disconnect between what we believe and what we practice in what some have called a “post-racial” America? American Denial juxtaposes past and present, shifting from Myrdal’s investigation –- and his own personal struggle with denial — and current stories of racial injustice that are often overlooked in our national insistence on the preeminence of the ideals of liberty, justice, and equality. Directed by Llewellyn Smith and produced by Christine Herbes-Sommers, Smith, and Kelly Thomson, American Denial, an Independent Lens presentation airs Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 6 p.m. on WXXI World.

Also airing on WXXI World:

  • Sun 1/31, 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • Mon 2/1, 3:00AM-4:00AM
  • Mon 2/1, 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • Tue 2/2, 6:00PM-7:00PM

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