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Racism in America

Explore films and new specials focused on race

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September 18, 2020

By Taryn Stewart

As we update this collection today, at the beginning of September, the country is still reeling with civil unrest as racial disparities continue to play out nationwide. Since the original publication of this article, protestors — still calling for justice in the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others — are now in Kenosha, Wisconsin bringing attention to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot multiple times in the back in front of his children. It's evident that many are still fighting to survive while dealing with the frustration and outrage that comes with systemic racism.

We are 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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Every Mother's Son

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Policing The Police

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Freedom Riders

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Peace Officer

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John Lewis - Get in the Way

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The Barber of Birmingham

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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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I Am Not Your Negro

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Reconstruction

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Race Matters: America in Crisis, A PBS NewsHour Special

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The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

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Always In Season | Now Streaming in Passport

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Charm City | Now Streaming in Passport

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Black Since MLK: And Still I Rise

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From PBS Digital Studios