For the past three years, hate crimes have been steadily rising in cities across the country—and Tucson is no exception. According to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 20 hate groups are currently operating throughout Arizona, and at least five have been active in southern Arizona. And while these overtly hateful organizations—and the acts they perpetrate—can be profoundly destructive, they are not the only forces working against southern Arizona’s communities of color. Data shows that structural barriers born from discrimination against people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized groups impact their access to employment, housing, healthcare, and economic opportunity. In this mini-documentary, anti-racism educator Tim Wise and Tucson residents representing a variety of different backgrounds and experiences reflect on the nature of white supremacy and how it has shaped Tucson and their lives.
Producer: Gisela Telis
Videographers: Martin Rubio, Bob Lindberg, Nate Huffman
Editor: Martin Rubio