This week on Up Close, being black in America means getting treated differently from those who are white in numerous ways.
Within the world of politics, the African-American vote was alternately pursued and jettisoned by the major political parties, until the Democratic party won over the vast majority of African-Americans in the middle of the twentieth century. Exploring the Democratic party’s approach is MSNBC National Correspondent Joy-Ann Reid, author of Fracture: Barack Obama, The Clintons, and the Racial Divide.
And then, if one single event typified the treatment of blacks in America in the first decade of the twentieth century, it was Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans. Journalist Gary Rivlin spent a decade reporting on what happened there for Katrina: After the Flood.
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