Against All Odds: The Fight for A Black Middle Class


“Have Black Americans had a fair shot at the American dream?” acclaimed journalist Bob Herbert asks. The question is answered in Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class, a documentary that probes the harsh and often brutal discrimination that has made it extremely difficult for African-Americans to establish a middle-class standard of living. “Whites talk about working hard and playing by the rules. But Blacks have always had to play by a different, hateful set of hideously unfair rules. Working hard has never been enough for Black Americans to flourish,” Herbert says in the film’s opening. With a compelling narrative, dramatic historical footage and a series of deeply personal interviews, Herbert explores why this disturbing and often tragic state of affairs exists a century and a half after slavery and a half-century after the heyday of the civil rights movement.

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Title: Against All Odds: The Fight for A Black Middle Class

Format: Video

Clean of Graphics: No

Type: Full Program

Subject(s): Politics, News & Public Affairs, Employment

Public Broadcasting Station or Institution: WNET

Original Broadcast/Publish Date: 03/06/2017

Runtime: 00:56:46

Main Asset File Size: 21.58 GB

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  • Specific Manner and Media specified: Public Television
  • Territory (*Please note: all internet exploitation of this program must be geo-limited to the specified territory): United States (including territories and possessions)
  • Term: 2 years
  • Releases: Unlimited
  • Editing Allowed?: No
  • Digital Classroom Rights: No
  • Promotional Use: No

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Language: English


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