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Safely Talk About Race & Racism – The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon to Trump
Sunday, January 17 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
“This film comes at a perfect time to contribute to the growing intersectional movement that is turning the page on the politics of hatred, fear and violence, as it bends the arc of history toward a future of peace and social justice.”
— Dr. Michael A. Messner | University of Southern California | Author of Guys Like Me: Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace
Watch The Man Card with Moderator La’Ron Williams who will lead an open, honest discussion about race and racism after the film.
About the film:
Why have white men been voting in such outsized numbers for Republican presidential candidates over the past five decades? Is it purely about policy? Or is something else going on?
If you want to help your students think critically about the pivotal role image, identity, and culture can play in American presidential contests, don’t miss the powerful new documentary The Man Card: White Male Identity Politics from Nixon to Trump.
Ranging from the 1960s to today, The Man Card exposes a deliberate and highly successful strategy by the right to frame Democrats and liberals as soft, brand the Republican Party as the party of “real men,” and position conservatives as defenders of white male power and authority in the face of seismic demographic changes and ongoing struggles for equality. The Man Card pays special attention to how the right has used white-male identity politics to channel the legitimate, class-based grievances of millions of white men into unbridled resentment of people of color, immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, and so-called “liberal elites.” At the same time, it shows how this siege mentality has undercut the presidential prospects of women and undermined the nation’s ability to adapt to a changing world.
The Man Card was co-written by political analyst Jackson Katz, the author of the award-winning book Man Enough: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton & the Politics of Presidential Masculinity (Interlink Books). It was directed by acclaimed filmmakers Peter Hutchison and Lucas Sabean.
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