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Racism in America

Explore films and new specials focused on race

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November 25, 2020

By Taryn Stewart

The shooting death of a Black man with a history of mental health problems prompted protests, widespread vandalism and an overnight curfew in Philadelphia days before Election Day. Protestors in other parts of the country are still calling for justice in the shooting of Jacob Blake and the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

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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Black Since MLK: And Still I Rise

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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.