Banished Reminder

It appears that it won’t be broadcast here in Fayetteville until February 29, but starting on February 19 in other locations, PBS’s documentary series, Independent Lens, is planning to feature Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings, which recounts the history of communities across the United States that forced black families to leave their homes.

Coincidentally, one of those counties, Forsyth County, Georgia, is just a few miles from my parents’ home near Atlanta, and even in the late 1980s, the county had no black residents (Oprah Winfrey taped an episode of her show there back in 1987), so the issues covered in the film are certainly still timely.

But one of the reasons, I wanted to mention Banished is its innovative use of web tools, including an interactive map that provides further information about the counties where some of the worst incidents of racial cleansing took place and a number of resources allowing people to get involved in their local communities. Hoping to have more to say about Banished after I get a chance to see it in a few weeks.


  1. banished: 60 years of making your hometown white at A Collage of Citations Said,

    February 17, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

    […] Chuck Tryon reminds us to watch Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings, a PBS Documentary that starts airing on February 19. The film documents the actions of white folk in various counties in the United States that expelled African Americans between 1864 and 1923. PBS offers an interactive map about these counties and some resources for discussions and facilitations. It would be cool to see a good discussion of this film. I probably won’t get a chance to watch it on television (since I don’t own one and since I’ll be preparing to leave for a campus visit), but I wanted to let others know about this film. […]

  2. The Chutry Experiment » "Lynching Party" Said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

    […] of the psychological threat it represented.  And this story only reminds us of the need to be attentive to this history and to the connotations that such words […]

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