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people going to prison for really trivial reasons, but getting caught up in the system because then if a white land, older or business person paid their pine than they had to work off that fine. and so you could be years maybe for the rest of your life. in these situations because these people were not an investment like they had been during slavery, so you could work them into get them replace and move on to plessy versus ferguson. supreme court decision in 1896 created separate but equal the legal separation between black and white. it's always been hard for me to believe that these so called jim crow laws. the blatantly discriminated against african americans remained in place until 1964. jim crow, created america's own system of apartheid. jim crow was really
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born in the south, although it would, it would go north certainly. but in the south it would become legal. it would become part of state laws local laws. in the north they became kind of part of the custom, but not necessarily part of the law. i think it's fair to say that dixie, the so called white south has left a very deep imprint on the political culture of the united states. it was defeated militarily during the civil war, but not to be defeated politically because it's white supremacist ideas were not defeated. and in fact, it seems as if the part of the reconciliation between dixie and the rest of the country is to give dick see a pass. ah,
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the south had lost nearly everything in the war, but we refused to surrender. instead, we united around a strange myth known if the last cause i grew up surrounded by it. it was always the yankees or the war of northern aggression life before the war was romanticized, as one of content, slaves and idyllic plantation, life monuments to confederate battle fields and generals were everywhere. we were a separate people who were superior, distinct and noble. but i always felt that beneath this mask a southern gentility and outward politeness was a culture that was deeply flawed at its core. if you investigated lynchings any great extent, joe. you can't believe that really happened. the country in the country and in the country still stands and break to know. these tactics were used with
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terrifying effect, particularly at night by the notorious white supremacist group. the ku klux klan, the clans primary goal was to keep african americans in their place by any means necessary. it was the southern clans, violence, and a labor shortage after world war one. that drove 1600000 african americans from the south to the north and mid west. there they worked in the steel mills, railroads, meat packing plants, an automobile industry. but poll taxes literacy tests, and the clans, intimidation in the north, kept blacks from voting. their boots that nothing for me, little government. there are no cones, glendon presidents, unquote. probably the worst of the ball is woodrow wilson. and the natives cabins
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as them so med lower general. and as we goes to wilson can stand the c successful blacks around him. and he makes a point of the morning them sent in from the officers to the good sense 3 pride in this. he also had northern politicians who pandered to the south because the south, as they called it, the solid south was such a voting block. if you were northern politician and even if you had ideas of fairness, let's not even say equality, but just fairness and that these, that black people were human beings. but at the same time, you wanted to win the south or you needed to win the south to be elected. you had to step lightly around the southerners to south put this was stored national power to work,
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maintaining the nation's racial hierarchy with its veto power. southern politicians tarnished the creation of president franklin delano roosevelt. new deal . royal himself is a very good example of this, that he has to make certain compromises. he has to drill wells away to the end of the lazy p, i'm sorry, i can't sign this. anti lindsey bill, the bill is to make lynching a federal crime. that would be a big step in the opposition. that is so intense. so roosevelt himself says look, if i do this, begin about the new deal. ah, roosevelt's new deal created relief programs to put people back to work during the great depression. but southern politicians made sure the new federal job benefits
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programs, social security, the minimum wage, unemployment, insurance and union organizing did not apply to the 2 primary black locations of the era. agricultural and domestic service. ah, the jackpot that followed the american victory in world war 2, which gave birth to the american dream, good housing, education and employment was off limits to most african americans. nowhere was systemic racism more on display than in our national housing policy. also created by the new deal it was a government leading the way in creating a segregated landscape in every metropolitan area. in this country, you had many neighborhoods with european immigrants, of african americans. white shoe came from rural areas to work in factories in the
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same neighborhood. but in fact, what the public works administration did with its housing program was creat segregation when none has existed before it build public housing. in those neighborhoods, demolishing the integrated neighborhood to create land for the public housing and built segregated public housing instead. returning black world war 2 veterans were forced live in the segregated housing because dixie crat vetoed an amendment in the 1949 housing act. that would have re integrated housing throughout the country. mass production builders got bank loans, guaranteed by the federal housing administration on condition that no homes be sold to blacks in good paying industry jobs. followed white to the new suburbs. the white families, like mine,
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who owned their homes, gained several $100000.00 worth of equity over decade. the white middle class was born. the federal housing authority made it illegal for lenders to loan money to blacks who wanted to buy houses in white neighborhoods. red lining by banks, denied mortgages to black people, even in their own communities. black people understood that when pursuing the american dream, there were 2 americans, one for white people, and one for african americans. from this tension emerge, the civil rights movement, where blacks were unflinching. and here we are the turn and we've gotta turn back home, we offer another grade and we need to
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change that to the next me it's all i there was an understanding that southerners, we're not going to easily give up their control, their power, this idea of into the inequality between the races there was always misunderstanding that there was going to need to be this federal intervention on the level of a civil rights act system rights act of $96.00 before and in the case it finally gave some t. so the 14th amendment, title 6 of the civil rights act of 64 was very, very important because it said that if you were receiving federal monies, then you could not discriminate based on race, gender, religion. finally, in 1968,
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a fair housing act was passed, which said that you couldn't discriminate in the sale, rental of most housing in the country. incredibly, the legal discrimination against african americans that began in the 1600s only officially ended in 1964 with the enactment of the civil rights act. but all across the country, not just in the south expressions of open racism, went underground white privilege was finding a way to maintain itself. the national pushback against the civil rights movement and the laws it helped in act began right away. this resistance yearly mirrored what happened after reconstruction. political assassinations, and the overturning of policies and laws gradually destroyed gains made by african
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americans. from the beginning of our administration, we've taken strong steps to do something about this horror. they are often the kinds of kids that are called super predatory. ah, ah, in meridian mississippi, flashpoint for the civil rights movement. i discovered an incident that took place in 2003. that struck me as an enduring example of the terrible consequences of not directly confronting racism. ah, the funeral for 3 lockheed employee shot to death earlier this week were held to
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day and both mississippi and alabama. thomas willis, the father of 3, a vietnam war bed was honored with i was immediately drawn to thomas willis. to me, his life seemed to personify the progress that has been made by african americans in the us since the passage of the civil rights act. oh my mom did you know thomas with lights on by dawn brands with tom. he had good work ethic, family oriented in latin script. far fair to what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have. it's crazy confrontation, let it be an arms race move his on, often has very dramatic development only personally and going to resist. i don't see how that strategy will be successful, very difficult,
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time. time to sit down and talk your challenge in the geography. the nutrition which on the nucleus huge on the coming from from gashodi shakeelah. hi shannon i miss rich riled hopefully will be let with latoya this summer group move she them wholesale millennium kelly, recruiting court and i renewed my for you're sure that thousands of london keep to our lord refreshing the best times to i must be happy. i am of fact not going off that i'm with you myakea better for him. um with the money that i can live
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with financial guy. i don't buy a i buy futures. that's not an almost friday. that's the last time i buy it for the future. so for i can watch kaiser report thomas willis was making good money and a union job assembling aircraft wings for lockheed martin. the largest military contractor in the world. as a u. s. government contractor lucky is barred from discriminating against people based on their race color or national origin by title 6 of the civil rights act. in 2001 mister willis courageously reported to lockheed management. that he and his
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african american co workers were being intimidated by a white employee, doug williams williams work the assembly line alongside mr. willis, go pulling punches. william will ask you the believe doug williams was racist. check for you. he had a problem with, with, with blacks in general, and some black, specifically, did he ever tell you why he thought a race war was coming? he told me, i want occasion that he thought that the society had got to the point were, the blacks were given everything in the white males, no longer had anybody representing us. and he thought that that was the answer. violence was the answer. they called in an investigator to determine if there was any, any type of racial threats being made in, in mr. willis told him exactly what was going on. thomas. his comment to me was that he felt like the company all to do something. ah,
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and that he wasn't going to quit until something was done. doug williams was ordered to attend diversity and anger management classes, but repeatedly refused to go. and there was one day williams put a white work booty on his head. i'm from the south. everybody. there are no no what signify. some african american employees assumed he was imitating the ku klux klan and reported the incident to their supervisors. finally, the system plant manager comes back down and says, doug, mister williams, you've got to take that ludy off your head. their conversation was quite escalated . jack insisting that he pulled the cap off, doug refusing, he wanted to know who had reported. he wanted the names without approval from law key. williams took a week off. when he did return to work,
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he was punished. lockheed again ordered him to diversity class, and again, he refused to go, went out to withdraw, got his guns and came back. and that's when the shooting started. storms in the room. he goes by numerous wide employees. don't shoot any body in mickey fitzgerald, brave man, he was the white guy. stood up said doug, you'd wanna do this, bel kilten just formed blank shad. i'm in. he and he go straight to the area where the black hole workers that he had been intimidating worked. he shot thomas willis and back as he was running away. in total williams killed 6 of his co workers and injured 8 more. he then killed himself. ah,
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it was a devastating cuz we can't bear it. my mother. that's right, this can't be happening. and mm mm. like his voice was on her. and that's what i'm kinda confused about. why did it go on her? we file suit for wrongful death under the mississippi wrongful death statute. sacon damages for mr. willis, man murdered, and an intentional act. it went to the 1st circuit court of appeals, which through the case out, based on the fact that it was a workplace accident. when they ruled, it is accidental and know what that word means. things happen. you
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leave a court out, you trip, that's an accident. you didn't mean for that to happen. i understand that. but this was intentional at the time of the massacre, lockheed held federal military contracts worth billions of dollars. if lockheed had been found guilty of violating thomas willis and his colleagues civil rights, it likely would have lost its lucrative government contracts. vietnam veteran and law abiding citizen, thomas willis, played by all the rules. and he was still struck down by a racist if mister willis's circumstances couldn't protect his civil rights. and who are what could i just wanted to see just to stop. i needed somebody to say, hey,
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we will not allow this to happen again. the country is becoming increasingly diverse. so the way race plays out today, not just in the south, but the whole country is this profound anxiety that a lot of people have especially why people have about growing diversity. they're quite scared because they feel like they're about to lose and not simply their neighborhood, but their sense of so who they are. so when i talk about taking america back, they're talking about taking it back from the other. you see the bruises, the i'm was brought to ruin where the mirror effect of hitting him that eventually we will do anything to make it possible for this person to succeed, to succeed. oh, worth still suffering. the after effects of those 2 powerful regimes that comprise the bulk of us history, slavery example. you see it in terms the population of our prisons. you
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see it in health care outcomes in terms of life expectancy. you see it in terms o per capita income on a racial basis. this culture has been created. that is still in some ways punishing and penalizing africans with as noted, no with her again of the lingering impact. no attempt to connect the dots between slavery, jim crow and the president. and it's criminal because you know, people are suffering and people are dying. or you can explain to me about the change on a
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these other day when they arrive in these other days of danger. with oh wow, we stay with oh wow, there are many people don't believe the quality of many people believe there's a natural order of things and whites right to talk. and to some extent, i would argue that we're still fighting the civil war. and the south us winnie i guess quite honestly, i'm not sure how to how it can be fixed. mm. could she
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be right? is there really no way out of this? one thing i know for sure is that oppression against african americans has been relentless throughout our history. this history is not just in the past. it's still very much alive today. we need an official government commission to invest the gate and interrogate the lingering impact of both slavery and jim crow. perhaps we need also some way to repair the damage. i would think the reparations, that would be impractical. achievement would take the form of refurbishing the back
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nearly in terms of the quality. and so the housing is now getting and i mean change ah, leveling the playing field for african americans is one big dancer. we tried this with reconstruction and with the civil rights act, but fierce white resistance pushed back against both i hard not of it is really white. so we had it exactly backwards, right? in terms of problem, we have a white problem in the united states and we, and i don't mean this as a blame and whatever, but i think people won't get this on their own. we really takes a lot of work so deeply in our dna. and it's reflected in politics where we do
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politics the way we do economy and the way we think about ourselves. but we actually need to give birth to a new white identity, a white identity that doesn't need to dominate a white identity. it's not totally anxious about being a connection in relationship with the other white identity, the recognize that it is the other. ah, but to do this, we have to recognize that we as white people have benefited enormously from our privilege at the expense of other people. the cost of this prejudice and inequality has comic far to higher price. why are we so afraid to face the possibility that we might actually with
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this film was made possible by the voices of hope foundation that coul turner, family foundation,
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a complete list of funders is available from the producer walkie. ah, oh no incidence of havana syndrome, as you mentioned before, things like difficulty concentrating, insomnia memory problems there. so would be asked to be experienced by just about everyone who has ever lived in any given week. right. and so now people all over the world who are military personnel, or intelligence officers or diplomats working for the american government, are now on the lookout for these anomalous health incidence. and literally people are getting up in the morning and squeezing and attributing it to
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a syndrome. i mean, because it's so bad. oh, is your media a reflection of reality? in the world transformed what will make you feel safe? isolation for community. are you going the right way, or are you being led somewhere? direct. what is true? what is faith? in the world corrupted, you need to descend a join us in the depths or remain in the shallows. ah
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ah, driven by dra shaped bankers, those with ah, there's things we dare to ask in ah
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with canada's prime minister is reportedly rushed to a safe evacuation side as more than 10000 truckers and their supporters gather outside parliament to protest against vaccine mandates. while canadians state media tries to blame russia for the unrest, we got a report from the protest on parliament hill in ottawa. as you can see, i'm surrounded by the truck right now dining right in front of parliament. there is an absolute unyielding determination on the part of the trucker. the not leave until all the mandate about data are gone. and to the story that shaped the week, mid rising tensions in europe, ukraine dominates.

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