Critics' Choice: Sep. 4, 1989

TELEVISION

BLACK IN WHITE AMERICA (ABC, Aug. 29, 10 p.m. EDT); THE R.A.C.E. (NBC, Sept. 5 and 6, 10 p.m. EDT). Two networks tackle the difficult subject of race relations. The ABC report is a series of profiles put together by the network's black producers and correspondents; NBC's live two-parter, with Bryant Gumbel as host, features a survey of viewers' attitudes on race.

ALIVE FROM OFF CENTER (PBS, Aug. 30, 10 p.m. on most stations). Meredith Monk transports us to a medieval French village circa 1349 in Book of Days, the penultimate offering of this summer series of offbeat video works.

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