Racism: A History

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Racism: A History
Directed byPaul Tickell
Narrated bySophie Okonedo
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerDavid Okuefuna
Original networkBBC Four
Original release22 March (2007-03-22) –
4 April 2007 (2007-04-04)

Racism: A History is a three-part British documentary series originally broadcast on BBC Four in March 2007.


# Title Directed and produced by Original airdate
1"The Colour of Money"Paul Tickell22 March 2007 (2007-03-22)
In its first episode the series begins by assessing the implications of the relationship between Europe, Africa and the Americas in the 15th century. It considers how racist ideas and practices developed in key religious and secular institutions, and how they showed up in writings by European philosophers Aristotle and Immanuel Kant.
2"Fatal Impact"David Olusoga28 March 2007 (2007-03-28)
Examines the idea of scientific racism, an ideology invented during the 19th century that drew on now discredited practices such as phrenology and provided an ideological justification for racism and slavery. The episode shows how these theories ultimately led to eugenics and Nazi racial policies of the master race.
3"A Savage Legacy"Tim Robinson4 April 2007 (2007-04-04)
Examines the impact of racism in the 20th century. By 1900 European colonial expansion had reached deep into the heart of Africa. Under the rule of King Leopold II, the Belgian Congo was turned into a vast rubber plantation. Men, women and children who failed to gather their latex quotas would have their limbs dismembered. The country became the scene of one of the century's greatest racial genocides, as an estimated 10 million Africans perished under colonial rule.

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