Racsim: A History a documentary

Racism: A History is a British documentary produced by David Okuefuna and directed by Paul Tickell. The documentary was aired on BBC4 in 2007 to mark the 200th anniversary of abolition of slavery in British Empire. The documentary explores racism on a universal degree and looks at how the perception of race has altered throughout history in Europe, Americas, Australia and Asia. The three part documentary consists of episodes;

  1. Colour of Money”: investigates the relationship between Europe, Africa and America in 15th century
  2. “Fatal Impact”: looks at 19th century pseudoscience “racism” and how it promoted to selective genetic reproduction of certain human “race”
  3. A Savage Legacy”: looks at impact of racism in the 20th century by taking into account Belgian Congo event

The message of the documentary is that race is a product of social and economic factors and by no means is it biological or rooted in “genetics”. Race was created in order to maintain a hierarchy and benefit the elite socially and economically. For BBC4 website visit
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0070xxl/broadcasts/2007/09, the video can also be found via youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efI6T8lovqY.


2 Responses to “Racsim: A History a documentary”
  1. Hi there! Do you mind if I repost about this to my yoga group? I think they would find this interesting.

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