Diversity Commission

Journey to a Hate Free Millennium

October 5, 2005

Journey to a Hate Free Millennium was shown to an audience of 180 students, faculty/staff, and members of the Duluth community.

Directed by Brent Scarpo, this award-winning documentary seeks solutions to ending hate and the terrible hate crimes that have become events in our daily lives. This powerful film centers around true stories taken from the national headlines including: the student shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado; the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., an African-American man in Texas; and the beating death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming. The film addresses the subject of hate by searching out the origins of how it is taught and learned, the scope of its danger beginning with childhood taunting to murder. Viewers are invited to take a stand against hate and create their own vision of a world free of hate.

The film was followed by a thought-provoking discussion, facilitated by Diversity Commission members Lu Barker and Mary Cameron, and by Jacqueline Ingrouille, graduate student in the Social Work MSW program.

Some students’ evaluations:

  • “I found the movie very interesting and compelling. I really felt for the families and the people who were hated. The discussion also opened my eyes to others’ views and opinions.”
  • “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to see this movie today and learn more about this growing problem. I think it’s something that would be helpful for everyone to see.”