“If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny”
Lessons from The Handmaid’s Tale
A TruthWorks Network
LIVE Discussion Series
Examining The Handmaid’s Tale. . .the fictional story that explores the real potential of the U.S. as a failed state. Discussion of “The Handmaid’s Tale” (HULU series) through the lens and perspectives of the Black experience. How do the events and characters suggest what might happen to Black people if the U.S. were to devolve into civil war? What do you see as the potential and capacity of the U.S. as a failed state? What might fascism mean for Black people? We will explore these questions and much more. Add your voice to the conversation! #FightFascismNow
When written, nothing included in the story, The Handmaid’s Tale, had NOT already happened in human history. The best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats people, other than white men, as property of the state, and takes place following some environmental disasters that cause a plummeting birth rate. The new regime forces the U.S. system of democracy into failure, and ensuing chaos and civil war. The areas where the “Gilead Republic governs” in previous American regions, establishes a strict caste system and penal system.
The series will feature a weekly panel, followed by audience discussion and open chat. Let us know of your interest.