About The Documentary
The primary purpose of the documentary project, An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition, is to impact the public discourse on race. To move the discourse from the “blame/grievance/rejection” cycle to a view from a different lens, the lens of “amity/collaboration/access and equity.”
In contrast to the lens that focuses exclusively on the racist traditions that are rooted in America’s social history, the moral counterweight of close, loving, friendship and collaboration, which have always been present in our history, represents “the other tradition.” This “other tradition” is a source of inspiration and presents models of behavior that are instructional and include unknown and uncelebrated legacies to be absorbed and emulated across generations of present day Americans.
The documentary discusses the “better in us” a needed collective perspective in the current climate of national disunity across racial, religious, and political lines. This has significant implications for addressing public issues from immigration to health care and the myriad of governmental, educational, business, and religious challenges that we must successfully meet to weave the fabric of unity which is indispensable to survival as a nation.
William H. “Smitty”, Smith, Ed. D.
Founding Executive Director, National Center for Race Amity
Documentary Co-Executive Producer/Senior Writer
Documentary Co-Executive Producer/Senior Producer
Richard W. Thomas, Ph. D.
The Other Tradition Thesis Originator/ Senior Project Historian
Kari Carlson, Writer/Producer
Comments on The Race Amity Initiative and the documentary,
An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition.
Local Regional Sponsors
Anthony Kreisel & Dr. Kimberly Faris
Richard & Lucia Lovinson-Golob