More than 120 people recently gathered to watch and discuss an advance screening of The Long Shadow, a documentary on the history of slavery and racism in the U.S., during an event co-sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Chicago’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
The film, produced by investigative journalist Frances Causey, makes direct connections from the shameful history of slavery in the U.S. to current and continuing troubled race relations in the nation. Causey traces her family’s history as slaveholders as well as the powerful influence of the slave-holding South on American commerce, economics, and politics that continues today.
During the lively discussion that followed, participants in the event spoke candidly on a range of issues, from the misuse of Christianity to justify slavery to the ongoing misuse of concepts of race to justify continued discrimination, and the various roles people of all races can play in beginning to address the history of racial discrimination in the U.S.
The event was co-sponsored by B.A.C.K.S.A.C.K. International and was held at the Chicago Theological Seminary on Monday, July 23.
—By Vanessa Bush Ford