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Racism From The Eyes Of A Child is a personal reflection on racism in America through a childhood lived through the country’s most separate past. From the 1950’s-70’s, music mogul Mathew Knowles experienced one of many firsts—from integrating all-white schools in the south, up through his experiences in the corporate, and later music world. By adding photos and the childhood accounts of friends and family members, he offers up a rich All-American saga.
Knowles examines the backdrop of discrimination by tracing his family’s southern roots; post-slavery from the 1800’s, up through the civil rights protests, on into the present racial climate. In this, he delivers a closer look at segregationist times—from school integration to cattle prodded protestors such as himself. Racism From The Eyes Of A Child shows how the resistance grew over the years, and created generations of fighters and against-odds achievers.
Knowles peels back years of racism, discrimination and segregation that existed from the past up to present. He talks about difficult topics such as “coloration” in the Black community, profiling by our police, eroticized rage to racism in the workplace.