TV-MA | Netflix | 1h 40m
Released in October of 2016
SUMMARY: A visceral, sobering history of the systemic, calculated oppression of Black Americans in the United States. This should be required viewing in High School American History classes. Note that there are graphic images and language.
KEY QUOTE: “If you dismiss black complaints of mistreatment by police as being completely rooted in our modern context then you’re missing the point completely. There has never been a period in our history where the law and order branch of the state has not operated against the freedoms, the liberties, the options, the choices that have been available for the black community. And to ignore that racial heritage, to ignore that historical context means that you can’t have an informed debate about the current state of blacks and police relationship today because this didn’t just appear out of nothing.” – Kevin Gannon, professor and author
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