#THISISAMERICA

A digital series on race and who we are as Americans.

Back in September, a Facebook video went viral.  The video was my response to a driver who almost hit me during a green light in Philadelphia. The driver and I exchanged words about who had the right of way. Then as she drove off she yelled out her window, “THIS IS AMERICA.”

Those three words suggested to me that the driver did not see me as American. After a lifetime of letting similar comments just roll off my back, something inside me snapped.

It sparked a journey into the American experience and a real conversation about race. The making of #ThisIsAmerica took some unexpected, surprising turns. The journey made me think more deeply about myself and how I see others. 

 

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Episode 1: An Introduction

How a raw, angry, viral video turns into a national dialogue about race and who we are as Americans.

 
 
 

Episode 2: Moving In

The video was my expression of outrage. It is Americans like us that make this country strong and exceptional. I sought out many of the 15k+ people who commented on my video in hopes of having a real conversation.

 
 
 

Episode 3: The Next Generation