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One of the essential things you can do right now in these times is to educate yourself. There are still a lot of people out there who don’t understand systemic racism and police brutality, hence they can’t see why the whole world is upset and tired. A simple way to start is by watching movies, series, and documentaries that show how black people suffer simply because of the color of their skin.

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To help, we listed two movies and two documentaries below that show how systemic racism and police brutality affect black people. But don’t just stop there, watch as many movies, series and documentaries as you can and educate yourself about racism.

See the list below:

Just Mercy

 

After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.

The 13th

Ava DuVernay’s documentary is named after the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States—yet inequality persisted. The 13th explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

On July 13, 2015, Sandra Bland was pulled by a Texas state trooper for failing to signal for changing lanes. After a conversation with the officer, Bland was arrested; three days later, she was found dead in her jail cell. Medical examiners ruled her death suicide by hanging, but her family—who were a part of the documentary’s making—are doubtful. Say Her Name an investigation into what happened to political activist Sandra Bland, who died while in police custody. It is yet another depiction of what an interaction with police can lead to for a Black individual.

The Hate You Give

The Hate U Give was a novel that was adapted into this star-studded movie featuring Regina Hall and Amandla Stenberg. The movie is about Starr Carter, an African-American teenager who faces pressure from various communities and tries to stand up for what is right after she witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police.

By: Dammy Eneli

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