ONLINE FILMS & VIDEOS
“Defund the police,” explained offers insight into the roots of policing in the US and Canada as well as how today’s current demands to defund the police are rooted in a decades old history
Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that COVID Lays Bare is one of a series of conversations hosted by the African American Policy Forum’s Kimberlé Crenshaw. All episodes are outstanding. (90 minutes)
How Can We Win, Kimberly Jones moves the asks us to stop arguing over whether looting during protest is right or wrong to why? Why are people looting during protest? (7 minutes)
I can’t breathe…again! Powerful video by Nick Cannon about the trauma that is white supremacy (3 minutes)
The Angry Heart explores the impact of racism on health and longevity. (57 minutes)
Birth of a White Nation, a keynote speech by legal scholar Jacqueline Battalora, offers a blow-by-blow description of the moment the idea of, and word for, “white” people entered U.S. legal code. (36 minutes)
The Clark Experiment shows how early ideas of racial inferiority and superiority are internalized by American children. (9 minutes)
Colorblind: Rethinking Race (2012) conveys the connection between racism’s roots and today’s racially divided society. (82 minutes)
Conversations on Race, New York Times Op-Doc series by Blair Foster and Michèle Stephenson (5-8 minutes each)
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo explores what white privilege is and how it operates above and below the surface. (22 minutes)
I Didn’t Tell You Ever wonder what a day in the life of a person of color is like? Listen to this poem, written and spoken by Norma Johnson. From a collection she’s developing titled, Poems for My White Friends. (7 minutes) Purchase Norma’s CD with additional poems here.
The Iroquois Influence on the Constitution Host and producer of First Voices Indigenous Radio’s Tiokasin Ghosthorse explains how US founding fathers used what they learned from Iroquois law in the US Constitution. (4 minutes)
The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, an episode from the hit series Adam Ruins Everything. This one explores the roots of racial segregation in housing, lending, and education. (6 minutes)
In the White Man’s Image is a look at the Indian Boarding Schools movement. (56 minutes)
True Colors, Diane Sawyer’s 1991 PrimeTime Live episode depicting daily life for a black American in contrast to a white American. (7 minutes)
Under Our Skin, Seattle Times asks 16 participants to share their understanding of a range of race-related terms and concepts.
Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Seven-part documentary examining the intersection of racism and health. (4 hours total)
Race: The Power of an Illusion, a powerful three-part, three-hour film exploring the biology of skin color, the concept of assimilation, and the history of institutional racism. (16 minutes)
Racism is Real, a split-screen video depictiing the differential in the white/black lived experience. (3 minutes)
Thus A Black Woman Speaks, a poem by actress Beah Richards (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner). A searing call to awareness and action to white women written decades ago and still fully relevant today.
What Kind of Asian Are You? Humorous two minute youtube video that illustrates the utter silliness of the way many white Americans interact with Asian Americans.
What Would You Do: Bicycle Thief Episode ABC TV show that stages a locked up bike being removed by three people: a young white male, a young black male, and a young white female. See how passersby react differently based on gender and race of the “Bicycle Thief.”
White Bred excellent quick intro to how white supremacy shapes white lives and perception. (5 minutes)
White People MTV 45 minute film exploring what it means to be young and white. Discussion guidelines included.
Why I’m not racist is only half the story, by Robin DiAngelo
FILMS FOR PURCHASE
Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, an exploration of causes and consequences of racial inequity conveyed largely through story. 75 minutes. Cost $50 – $350 depending on intended use.
Race: The Power of an Illusion, a powerful three-part, three-hour film exploring the biology of skin color, the concept of assimilation, and the history of institutional racism. 3 hours. $25 – $195 depending on intended use.
White Like Me, Tim Wise explores how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about. 68 minutes. $150 – $275 depending on intended use.