Colorblind: ReThinking Race

WYCC PBS Chicago

WYCC PBS Chicago broke ground on the topic of race relations in America with the airing of a major national documentary, Colorblind: ReThinking Race. Produced in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Middle Passage Productions, WYCC PBS Chicago's Colorblind takes an honest look at the effects of racism in America. The goal of the documentary is to bring clarity to the topic by presenting the modern expression of racism, exploring how these negative beliefs are unwittingly fostered, and recognizing the people and projects that address racial inequality and promote racial healing.

In conjunction with this 90-minute documentary, WYCC PBS Chicago presented a one-hour town hall meeting. Hosted by respected WGN-TV anchor and reporter Robert Jordan, this televised meeting brought together a collection of notable panelists with a wide range of expertise in areas highlighted in the documentary - health, wealth, education and justice. Our goal is to provide insightful commentary about Colorblind while continuing the dialogue about racism and racial healing.

Use #wycccolorblind when tweeting about Colorblind. WYCC PBS Chicago is dedicated to continuing the conversation about race relations in America.

Panelists

Jesse Ruiz - Vice President, Chicago Board of Education

Luz Benitez Delgado - Deputy Director, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Oscar Chacón - National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC)

Shawn Healy - Resident Scholar, McCormick Foundation Civics Program

Pepe Vargas - Executive Director, International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago

Hon. William H. Hooks - Felony Criminal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

Aquila Griffin - Youth Leader, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)

Dr. Carol Adams - CEO, DuSable Museum of African American History

Dr. Carolyn Lopez - President, Chicago Board of Health

Terrence A. Young, Sr. - Director of Commercial Real Estate, Urban Partnership Bank

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Host Robert H. Jordan, Jr. - Anchor, WGN-TV News on Nine

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Robert H. Jordan Jr. is a weekend anchor on WGN-TV's News at Nine. He also produces, writes and reports news stories for the weekday and weekend news. A veteran of WGN-TV, Jordan first joined the station in March 1973. Jordan's television career began in 1970 at WSM-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as a booth announcer, news anchor for an early morning variety show, and was responsible for on-camera newsbreaks. He joined WGN-TV as a general assignment reporter; he also served as an anchor for the One O'clock News. He left WGN-TV in 1978 and joined the CBS News Midwest Bureau in Chicago. In his two years at CBS, Jordan spent time covering stories in the Midwest for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He returned to WGN-TV in 1980. Jordan has many writing credits to his name including two screenplays, Anthony's Key and Multi-Man. He has also written articles for the Chicago Tribune.