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"Important truth - more than anything else, that is what Rights
and Wrongs is about."
- New York Daily News
Rights and Wrongs
in America features three programs
that examine intolerance as a cause of violence, the impact of childhood poverty,
and existing programs and potential solutions that promote greater tolerance
and peaceful conflict resolution. The programs are part of the acclaimed
Rights and Wrongs television series on human rights, broadcast on many PBS stations.
Each program features three distinct segments on the subject.
Building Tolerance, 26 min.
a primary cause of racial violence, hate crimes and attacks
on civil rights. What are the roots of intolerance, how is
it manifested today, and what can be done to build greater tolerance?
- Segment One: This segment examines
the rising tide of intolerance in America, the impact of recent
campaigns opposing illegal immigrants and affirmative action,
and profiles several community activists and programs that
promote tolerance, including the Museum of Tolerance in Los
- Segment Two: Daryll Williams
was permanently paralyzed by a racist sniper's bullet at the
height of Boston's busing crisis. Today, he is a powerful
role model, promoting tolerance instead of hate, and peaceful
conflict resolution instead of violence.
- Segment Three: Author and Harvard Professor
Cornel West discusses the origins and meaning of today's intolerance.
Childhood Poverty, 26 min.
out of every four American children lives in poverty. How
can childhood poverty be reduced? What role, if any, should
the federal government play? This program examines two federally
funded programs that are making a real difference in the lives
of poor children in two very distinct communities, and talks
with America's leading advocate for children.
- Segment One: In one of New York
City's poorest neighborhoods, the Rheedlen Center is working
to combat the effects of youth poverty by providing quality
preventive social services to children and their families.
- Segment Two: Amidst the poverty
of Appalachia, the life of a self-described "skinhead" was
turned around by his involvement in an innovative cultural
organization called Appalshop.
- Segment Three: Marian
Wright Edelman, the founder and director of the Children's
Defense Fund, presents her views on investing in our
Creating Peace, 29 min.
young people help prevent conflicts, both at the local and
global level? What lessons from international peace efforts
can be applied in our communities and schools?
- Segment One:
A conference of young adults from five conflict zones, including
America's inner cities, discusses with top international peace
negotiators the key principles for resolving conflict, including
dialogue and tolerance.
- Segment Two: Nobel Peace Prize winner
and holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel talks about the lessons
of international peacemaking, and how they apply to our own
domestic conflicts. He encourages young people to fight despair
by getting involved in finding solutions.
Three: At an elementary school in Brooklyn, students are learning
how to resolve their conflicts as part of a broader program
to prevent violence and promote tolerance. 11 year-old Jacqueline
Gomez points out, "What
goes on here in the playground and what happens between
countries is similar."