6 Racial Justice Documentaries To Enlighten Yourself

  • AUTHOR: dua
  • POSTED ON: June 4, 2020

We’re living in a time when not being racist isn’t enough. You need to be anti-racist and understand the systemic crimes that take place against the black community and people of color. The United States is in the middle of a revolution as a result of which people have come out on the streets to protest against the brutal killing of George Floyd.

Hence, now is the time to evaluate your dealings and become enlightened with the actual world. To use our privilege well, we need to educate ourselves and learn about the problems that are at the core of this discrimination.

Below is a list of documentaries that you can watch to learn about the problems faced by the minorities.


Ava DuVernay’s documentary basically highlights the relationship between the prison system in the context of slavery. It speaks volumes about how people from the black community are imprisoned on the most minor charges and are treated like nothing but slaves. It’s an eye-opener as it shows you how privileged you are simply because you’re white.

3 ½ minutes, 10 bullets

Source: Amazon.com

This documentary is based on a real-life incident. In 2012, Jordan Davis, a teenager, was shot multiple times in a parking lot while he was listening to music with his group of friends. The documentary follows the highly publicized trial and its internal proceedings efficiently.

I Am Not Your Negro

This documentary shows you how the black community has been portrayed on screen. Whether it was the civil rights movement or the black lives matter movement, Hollywood has shown the modern experiences of a black person quite often.

Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland

Source: Kanopy

The world was shocked when the 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found hanging in her cell just days after getting arrested for a minor traffic violation. The documentary covers the historic case vividly as her death was later ruled to be a suicide. But was that really the case? Watch this documentary to find out!

Whose Streets?

Source: Youtube

This is another documentary that deals with police brutality and the systemic issues faced by our law enforcement. It unravels the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent result of the uprising that resulted soon after.

Teach Us All

This is an incredible feature that discusses the inequalities faced by the black community in public and private schools in the United States. It touches upon subjects like demographic inequalities and segregation in New York and LA.   

Updated June 4, 2020
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