By: Anuja KC
The worldwide pandemic has stopped almost everything around the globe. However, it couldn’t stop people from stepping out of their house and fighting for racial injustice. After the tragic and brutal murder of a 46-year-old black man, Gorge Floyd, on May 25, 2020, the world came together to protest and fight for justice and change in the criminal justice system. But the main question within these protests is what actually can be done to end racial injustice in this country. I think it is important to understand the history of Black Americans and why it is so important to be a part of the change. Watching powerful and educational shows and documentaries is a great way to start. Netflix along with many other streaming platforms have a vast collection of shows but here is a list of few to get you started.
- When They See Us
Based on the true story, this series shows the event that happened in 1989 that centered around five teenagers who were falsely accused and later prosecuted for the rape and assault of a woman in Central Park, New York City. When they see us shows us the reality of the unjust criminal justice system in this country and how it affects the life of Black Americans in the United States.
This documentary focuses on race, injustice, and mass incarnation in the United States. It exposes the history of race and the criminal justice system in America. The title of this film is based on the 13th amendment of the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended Involuntary Servitude.
- The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Marsha P. Johnson is a black transgender icon who played a great role in the Gay Rights Movement and Stonewall riots. This documentary looks at the mysterious death of Marsha P. Johnson that was at first labeled as suicide but her friends suspect it to be a murder. This documentary is a powerful showcase of a heroic icon whose memory stays alive with us to this day.
- 12 Years A Slave
12 Years A Slave is a story about a free black man named Solomon Northup who was sold into slavery in 1841. The movie shows Soloman’s journey as a slave and what he endured in those 12 years. If you are looking for a story that will leave you heartbroken and also educate you on the cruelty of slavery, with the bittersweet ending, I highly recommend you to watch this movie. 12 Years A Slave also won Oscar Awards for Best Motion Picture of 2013.
Some other recommendations: 42, Hidden Figures, Strong Island, Just Mercy, and Freedom Riders.