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Two Videos on Racism in American Society

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  • John Clark
    Moral Decisions Video Series Wednesday, June 23 8:00 PM Bobet Hall 212 Loyola University Our videos tonight deal with racism. The first has become something of
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      Moral Decisions Video Series
      Wednesday, June 23
      8:00 PM
      Bobet Hall 212
      Loyola University

      Our videos tonight deal with racism. The first has become something of a
      classic brief study of discrimination in contemporary America. The second
      explores the notorious drug arrests in Tulia, Texas that sent a large
      segment of the black community to prison.

      True Colors

      In this startling expose, ABC News Prime Time Live anchor Diane Sawyer
      explores skin color prejudice in America with the help of two friends
      virtually identical in all respects but one – John is white, Glen is black.
      Together they take part in a series of hidden camera experiments exploring
      people's reactions to each in a variety of situations. Acting within the
      scenario of moving to a new town, Prime Time Live, undercover, follows John
      and Glen separately as they each try to rent an apartment, respond to job
      listings, purchase a car, and conduct everyday activities such as shopping.
      The responses in both the white and racially mixed communities are shocking
      and consistent. In every instance, John is welcomed into the community while
      Glen is discouraged by high prices, long waits, and unfriendly salespeople.
      (19 min.)

      Texas Undercover

      On 23 July, 1999 the tiny Texas town of Tulia woke to discover that a tenth
      of its black population had been arrested. This mass arrest followed a
      lengthy undercover narcotics sting operation. The entire case rested on the
      word of the undercover narcotics officer, Tom Coleman, who ran the operation
      single-handedly. He used no partner, no tape recorder, no video
      surveillance, no fingerprint evidence and he wrote no notes - apart from
      those on his leg. No drugs or money were found during the arrests.
      Thirty-eight defendants were convicted or accepted plea bargains for fear
      they would get long prison sentences. Who shamed Tulia and how, and what has
      happened to justice in the president's home state? Texas Undercover goes
      deep behind the scenes of one of America's biggest race scandals of the last
      decade. (46 min.)
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