10 movies about racism you should watch right now

Avatar Mildred Europa Taylor | Editor June 11, 2020

Image from Do The Right Thing

In the wake of global anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the U.S., you may be looking for resources to better understand why people are acting the way they are – the looting, breaking of windows, burning of property, and so on.

While there are books to help educate anyone about the history of the long fight against racial injustice and police brutality, there are other mediums like films you can stream to help you get the whole picture.

This month, Spike Lee released a short film called 3 Brothers, which equates Floyd’s treatment at the hands of police with Eric Garner’s and Radio Raheem, the character in Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing.

Thankfully, there are other feature films and documentaries that are sure to give you a deep understanding of racism. Watch these movies to appreciate what’s currently happening across the world.

1. Do the Right Thing (1989)

 

2. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

 

3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

 

4. To Sleep With Anger (1990)

 

5. Dead Presidents (1995)

 

6. Malcolm X (1992)

 

7. Let the Fire Burn (2013)

 

8. 13th (2016)

 

9. Get Out (2017)

 

10. Moonlight (2016)