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Race Forward: Video Series on the Impact of Race on Every Aspect of Life

#RaceAndBy Ed Diokno

Your race plays a role in almost every aspect of your life including opportunities that are opened or denied, where you are raised and where you live, how you are treated and how you treat others and even who you love and who loves you.

#RaceAnd” is a special eight-part video series from Race Forward that explores the many ways that race compounds and intersects with all the other issues that impact people of color. Each video features an artist, activist or thinker sharing how their mix impacts their lives both personally and systemically. As featured subject Kay Ulanday Barrett puts it, we can’t truly work toward racial justice if we “see race in a vacuum.”

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.”#RaceAnd” is produced by Kat Lazo, Race Forward’s video production specialist. You can watch the first two videos of the series below; the remaining installments will run on Colorlines next week. Join the conversation online using the #RaceAnd hashtag.

Following are two of the episodes:

Ulanday has been “harmonizing artistry and activism since 2002.” His poetry speaks to the struggles and power of his community and his lived experiences as a Filipino American and transman with a physical disability.

As one of the featured subjects, Ulanday Barrett puts it, we can’t truly work toward racial justice “if we don’t address our level of depth, and also the level of depth to which we are being harmed and limited.”

Follow his work at @kulandaybarrett.


Artist Hye Yun Park wears many hats, including filmmaker, performance artist, writer and actor. As a genderqueer fat Asian, Hye uses her many talents to counteract the narrow representation of of people of color like herself. To watch Hye Yun visit here and follow at @hyeheyyun.


To view the rest of the series or other Race Forward’s video projects, go to Colorlines.

(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)

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  1. RE: Video series on impact of race on every aspect of life: Very powerful and profound. The discrimination against LGBT people is extreme, but throw in race and a disability and the challenges exponentially increases.


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