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Wondering How to be a Better Ally? Check Out These 7 Black History Shows on Netflix

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Netflix round up - Black Lives Matter

 

Being a white ally can be tough mainly because you may mean well but are sometimes ill-equipped for the job. There usually is a disconnect between your experience and those of Black people. However, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of black history shows on Netflix that will give you an understanding of the realities of being Black.

 

#7. See You Yesterday

See You Yesterday

 

See You Yesterday is a light-hearted and futuristic look at police brutality. After a young girl’s older brother was murdered by a police officer and she with her best friend, go back in time to save his life. 

Although this movie received glowing reviews from the critics because it was a more “palatable” take on the subject matter of police brutality, it didn’t do so well with the audience. Most people were unsatisfied with ending.

However, you should see it because it is a mild introduction to the subject matter of racial tensions and police lynching of black people. See this is like us giving you a Vermont before the Polish vodka. You get?

 

 

#6. American Son

American Son on Netflix

 

It is a story about an estranged interracial couple who have to come together to help find their missing son.

Critics initially panned this movie saying that the social commentary was very “heavy-handed”, but with the way the world is now, it is safe to say that the critics were wrong.

American Son gives you an insight into the lives of parents with black children and the fears that they face as their children (especially sons) grow up.

In this movie, you see how the police handle cases involving missing black persons as well as how black women are not allowed to show pain and anguish so as not to be termed “ghetto”.

 

 

 

 #5. Seven Seconds

Seven Seconds on Netflix

 

Seven Seconds is a 10 episode miniseries about a white police officer who accidentally runs over a black teenager with his car and leaves him to die.

When the criminal justice system tries to find out what actually happened, the police department covers up the incident causing racial tensions to rise.

This miniseries shows the ugly picture of societal and racial divisions as it exposes the harsh reality of how disadvantaged black people are from birth. 

 

 

 

#4. Dear White People

Dear White People on Netflix

 

Dear White People is a comedy-drama series about the racial dynamics between the black and white student body in a fictional Ivy League college called Winchester. It is was created as a continuation of a movie of the same name.

This series, as well as the movie, is quite confrontational when it comes to discussing white people not understanding the struggles of being black and in some cases even denying that there is a struggle in the first place.

Our advice is to keep an open mind.

 

 

 

 #3. 13th

13th on Netflix

 

13th is a documentary that shows how US Prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans.

It follows from the post-Civil War era to the Jim Crow era and to now showing how despite the decline in the crime rate in America, there is still mass incarceration - especially of those of the black race.

13th discusses how the US Prison system has become a political and capitalist tool used to profit those at the top.

It also shows the racial injustices of the justice system and how easy it is for a person of color to get a longer sentence than a white person for the same crime. 

You should definitely check it out as it gives a deeper understanding of parts of the American history that is usually swept under the rug.

 

 

 

 #2. When They See Us

When They See Us

When They See Us is a four-part miniseries about a true story of how five males were falsely accused of gang-raping a white female jogger in 1989.

This series is emotional since you already know that these teenagers were wrongly accused of something they had no idea of. So be ready to cry, get angry and question the justice system that we all hold dearly as “conscientious” and “open-minded”.

 

What better way to end this list than to give the number one spot to a documentary that explicitly shows how America is today? 

 

 #1. LA 92

LA 92

 

LA 92 is a documentary film about the riots that ensued after the acquittal of the police officers how savagely beat up Rodney King for drunk driving after a high-speed chase during his arrest.

We picked this as the number one because it relates to the current political and social climate with the black lives matter protest over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others before them.

This documentary will not be easy to watch, as it is very graphic and scary. You may have to pause it a couple of times to catch your breath as it brings up the fact that despite 28 years have passed, nothing has changed unless we work together.

 

 

So there you have it, our list of black history shows that you need to watch on Netflix as a white ally. Enjoy.

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