Since everything with George Floyd happened, I’ve been trying to educate myself more on racism and black oppression. Which is why, today, I want to share books, tv shows and documentaries that you can watch to educate yourself on everything to do with race. Some of it fiction, some of it non-fiction. They are all equally important.
I have not seen/read all of these but I am planning to. If you have any other recommendations, please share them in the comments.
The Hate U Give – a young black girl sees her best friend get shot and has to deal with the aftermath.
Dear Martin – about a black student under attack in the media after he and his friend anger a white off-duty cop who starts shooting.
On the Come Up – a young black girl wants to be a rapper, and her first video goes viral. For all the wrong reasons.
The Bluest Eye – a young black girl struggles with the body she has and wishes for the blonde hair and blue eyes that she thinks will help her fit in
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race – a history of racism in the UK
Me and White Supremacy – learn to recognise your privilege
White fragility – why white people don’t like talking about racism
13th – the 13th amendment in America prohibits slavery, “except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted”. This loophole has consistently been used as a way to maintain racial hierarchy since the civil war.
Injustice – this documentary focuses on the struggles for justice by the families of people who have died in police custody.
Explained: The Racial Wealthgap – only 16 minutes long, first season of Explained. This episode looks into how slavery, housing discrimination and systemic inequality can cause a racial wealth gap.
Blacks Brittanica (1978) – examines racism through the lens of black, working-class Brits and includes interviews with several black activists. Used to be censored in the US and banned in the UK.
Films and tv-series
Just Mercy – based on the true story of a lawyer and social justice activist on death row
When They See Us – five young Black men falsely accused and prosecuted for the sexual assault of a white woman (based on a true story).
The Hate U Give – same story as the book, just as impactful.
12 Years a Slave – based on Solomon Northup’s memoirs of being born a free man then sold into slavery in 1841
Dear White People – follows a group of students of colour at a (mostly) white Ivy League school. They face and deal with cultural biases, injustice, activism and politics.
Seven seconds – a series about the death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City that sets off a police cover-up and a search for the truth.
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker – learn about the life of America’s first female self-made millionaire who overcame hostility, including post-slavery racial biases, to revolutionise black haircare, and bring about social change.
The Sun is Also A Star – a love story that also depicts the struggle immigrants face in an often hostile environment.
Blindspotting – Ex-convict Colin wants to avoid prison, but the reckless behaviour of his white best friend Miles doesn’t make it easy. Early on in the story, Colin sees a white police officer shoot a black man without provocation. The film shows the mental toll it takes on him, and how it almost comes between his and Miles’s friendship.
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