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Vol State shows “Exterminate All the Brutes” via Zoom next week

Last updated on October 25, 2021

By Bailey Guy

Volunteer State Community College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be partnering with the Thigpen Library to sponsor a Zoom viewing of the historical documentary, “Exterminate All the Brutes,” from Nov. 1 – 4. There will be a discussion led by Jeff King, the manager of Diversity and Inclusion Nov. 9. 

“’Exterminate All the Brutes’ is an internationally co-produced documentary miniseries revolving around colonization and genocide, directed, and narrated by Raoul Peck. The four-part series follows colonization and multiple genocides, and the effect of both, alongside imperialism and white supremacy,” according to the email that was sent to all Vol State students.

“These are hard conversations to have, but the only thing worse than having these conversations is not having them. We can never reach a point of truth and reconciliation unless we have the conversation,” said King.

The documentary series will feature four parts, each lasting around an hour. Part one is “The Disturbing Confidence of Ignorance,” part two is “Who the F*** is Columbus,” part three is “Killing at a Distance or How I Thoroughly Enjoyed the Outing,” and part four is “The Bright Colors of Fascism.”

Time Magazine called the series a “masterpiece” and said, “Worn-out terms like problematic and cancel culture feel inadequate to the topics at hand.”

The email also includes two links for each documentary part, giving students options on how to watch the documentary. The first option is to watch it as a group in a Zoom meeting at the specified time of 12:30-1:30 p.m. The second option is to watch the films individually anytime during the Nov. 1-4 viewing period.

“There are parts that are very disturbing, and there are parts that brought me to tears. There are parts that brought me horror at how we built this country, but at the same time, more than one thing can be true. You can love something without excusing what happened. And in this case, the country that we love engaged in genocide and slavery, and we have to acknowledge that to get beyond it,” King said.

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