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Race: The Power of an Illusion

California Newsreel’s 3-part documentary “Race: The Power of an Illusion” about race in society, science, and history is made available for use by City employees by the City Diversity Development Coordinating Committee and contributions from bureaus citywide.
Also please note that these files are not visible to the public.  The City is licensed to post this documentary on our intranet only.  Since viewing these episodes from this site is restricted to City Employees, viewers must be logged into the City network and PortlandOnline in order to access this page.
Please note that you will need Real Player installed in order to view the documentary available at the links below.  If you do not have Real Player installed, you may download it at:
This documentary is a three-part series (each episode is 56 minutes) examining the question: What is this thing called "race"? 
Episode 1: The Difference Between Us
Episode 2: The Story We Tell
Episode 3: The House We Live In
When showing this documentary for trainings and facilitated discussions, please visit the RACE companion web site.  This award-winning site contains a wealth of materials, including educational interactivities, background readings, transcripts, a discussion guide, lesson plans, and much more.  The online companion is available at: