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Racism in America

Explore films and new specials focused on race

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February 24, 2021

By Taryn Stewart

On January 5, the Kenosha County District Attorney announced that police officer Rusten Sheskey won't face any charges for shooting Jacob Blake in the back. He was shot seven times while opening the door to his SUV. Three of Blake’s sons were in the backseat at the time.

This decision comes down as protestors across the country continue to call for justice in the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others.

We’re continuing our commitment to highlight content that will continue the conversation, add historical context to these issues and enable change. Below you will find programs that profile police departments, specials that detail conversations parents of color have with their children, documentaries that cover the treatment of African Americans since slavery and films that shed light on both past and current civil rights activism.

These offerings are resources for everyone, regardless of race, to educate themselves on all of the ways inequality in America shows up in everyday life.

We will update this page as programs become available for streaming online and on the PBS Video App. Check local listings for broadcast times.

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Policing the Police 2020

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Freedom Riders

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Peace Officer

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Cooked: Survival by Zipcode

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The First Rainbow Coalition

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The Talk - Race in America

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The Changing Same

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Struggle & Hope

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From PBS Digital Studios

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Reconstruction | Now Streaming in Passport

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Station members with PBS Passport can watch the full film here.

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The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross | Now Streaming in Passport

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Station members with PBS Passport can watch the full film here.

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Always In Season | Now Streaming in Passport

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Station members with PBS Passport can watch the full film here.

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Charm City | Now Streaming in Passport

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Station members with PBS Passport can watch the full film here.