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Racism in America

Explore films and new specials focused on race

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September 2, 2022

By Taryn Stewart

The Department of Justice has filed charges against four former and current Louisville police officers in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced. The charges include civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction offenses.

Additionally, three men were sentenced to life in prison for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The father and son who armed themselves and initiated the pursuit were denied any chance of parole. This sentencing comes after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of two men during protests in Kenosha in 2020.

George Floyd’s dying under Derek Chauvin’s knee led to the biggest outcry against racial injustice in the U.S. in generations. People across the country continue to call for justice in the killings of Daunte Wright, Rayshard Brooks, Daniel Prude and many others. The case of the three white men accused of killing Arbery while he was jogging last year in Georgia drew national attention as well. Some states have been actively updating their policing protocols over the past year but the growing list of deaths is evident that, as a country, we still have a long way to go.

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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Slavery By Another Name

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Policing the Police 2020

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Race Matters: America After George Floyd | A PBS NewsHour Special

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The Conversation Remix: Learning to Breathe

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The First Twenty | Michael Mwenso Honors George Floyd: Preview

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A year after George Floyd’s death, seeking a new direction for policing

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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.