Matters of Race

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The program that I'm going to describe has been broadcasted on Public Television Channel 28 on September 23, 2003.

It concerns race relationship in different environments of the US and from different prospectives. The program is divided in three parts; the first one (the one that I'm going to describe) is about a small town in North Carolina where there has been a recent mass immigration of Hispanics.

Ten years ago, Siler City, North Carolina, was a black and white town of segregated communities with a shared geography and an unsettled history. This quiet, rural southern town is a "laboratory" for the national transformation that is fundamentally altering America's sense of itself. Before there were only the black and white conflicts and tension, now on this small town there is a new ethnic reality and people on both side have to find new ways to deal with it.

Many in the white community feel that their identity is been threatened by this new and sudden arrival of people from Mexico; at the same time even blacks do not understand the new immigrants and their culture.

A lot of whites sell their houses and move out in the suburbs; they also move their children's from the public school system into the private one.

In the meantime the program shows that these new immigrants are here to perform menial jobs that nobody else wants to do, and that their aspirations and dreams are the same of every other American. The program also shows a white pastor who is trying to ease racial tensions by having multicultural events and is trying to bring all races together in his church on Sunday.

The program in my opinion was not completely balanced in describing the white inhabitants of this North Carolina town or at...