Half in and yet half out

According to a 2015 study, African-Americans died at the hands of police at a rate of 7.2 per million, while whites were killed at a rate of 2.9 per million. Bui AL, Coates MM, Matthay EC. Years of life lost due to encounters with law enforcement in the USA, 2015–2016. J Epidemiol Community Health 2018;72:715–718.

For other sources, you can read more about this terrible phenomena here and here and here.

  • Do the Right Thing (1989)
    This classic from Spike Lee feels just as current today
  • When They See Us (2019)
    A four-part film series by Ava DuVernay on Netflix that examines five Black teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park in 1989 — there was also a documentary called The Central Park Five in 2012
  • 13th (2016)
    Some people consider this DuVernay deep dive into the 13th Amendment to the Constitution a kind of prequel to When They See Us
  • I Am Not Your Negro (2016)
    This documentary/adaptation by Raoul Peck of an unpublished James Baldwin memoir, contrasting America’s past and its present racism
  • History of American Slavery and Reconstruction
    Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion explore the history of American slavery and examine how it came to shape our country’s politics, economy, and culture — and then in the follow-up series, examine the era of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War
  • The Watermelon Woman (1996)
    A film by Cheryl Dunye about a young Black lesbian who works a day job in a video store while trying to make a film about a Black actress from the 1930s known for playing “mammy” roles
  • Segregated by Design(2020)
    A short film based on the book, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (referenced above), directed by Mark Lopez
  • Last Stop on Market Street
    Written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • Sulwe
    Written by Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison
  • Hairlove
    The 2019 Kickstarter success story about an African-American father styling his daughter’s hair won an Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film
Poster by Kalaya’an Mendoza for Asians for Black Lives

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Skipper Chong Warson

Skipper Chong Warson

Design director at SoftServe, coach, and host of How This Works. Formerly at thoughtbot SF, Fjord NYC, Shep (acquired) and PBS FRONTLINE among others.