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Racism in America

Explore films and new specials focused on race

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July 9, 2020

By Taryn Stewart

Police brutality has always been prevalent in the Black community. As "The Talk" explores, many discussions around the topic don’t begin with “Has a police officer ever pulled a gun on you?” but rather “How old were you the first time a police officer pulled a gun on you?” The recent death of George Floyd has sparked frustration and outrage across the country, but the racial disparities in education, the economy, health care and the criminal justice system are anything but new.

We want 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. It is a time for reflection in an effort to get to reconciliation and healing. 

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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The First Rainbow Coalition

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The Talk - Race in America

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Rat Film

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The Changing Same

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Basquiat: Rage to Riches

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True Conviction

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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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Black Since MLK: And Still I Rise

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The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

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Twilight: Los Angeles

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Whose Streets? | Streaming soon

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

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Always In Season | Now Streaming in Passport

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John Lewis - Get In The Way

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Charm City | Now Streaming in Passport

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Policing The Police