''The Color Line'' explores an ugly and uncomfortable side of U.S. history. Angela Moore reports.
From the abolition of slavery to segregation. From the civil rights movement to the presidency of Barack Obama. The often-thorny issue of race relations in the United States is explored in a new exhibition in Paris called "The Color Line". The phrase "The Color Line" was coined by Frederick Douglas and used to describe segregation in the U.S. In the exhibition, African-American artists explore 150 years of racism through a variety of perspectives and media. Films show the racist themes of the minstrel shows with its characters in blackface. Photographs detail savage, deadly lynchings. And colorful posters recall the powerful Black Panther Party. There are more than 200 works in the exhibition meant to provoke thought and a range of emotion. SOUNDBITE: Daniel Soutif, exhibition curator, saying (French): "The role of these artists was essentially to construct an image of the black person that was different from the one transmitted by racist images, by stereotypes." "The Color Line" runs until mid-January 2017 at the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum.