The following videos, interviews, and commentary provide fair-minded insight and thought provoking reports on topics like white privilege, discrimination of people of color, disparity of treatment of people of color in the criminal justice system, and other intriguing conversations about current civil rights issues in the U.S. These varying perspectives give us a glimpse into the conditions and discussions happening across the country.
"WHITE LIKE ME", produced by Tim Wise. Available for 24 hour rent on Vimeo for $4.99
"For years, Tim Wise's bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. WHITE LIKE ME brings the full range of his work to the screen, showing how white privilege has perpetuated racial inequality and race-driven political resentments in ways most white people simply aren't aware of."
"Breaking the Silence", a film by Michael and Davida Horn
"This film, which was originally intended to celebrate women's beauty, unexpectedly transformed into an emotionally compelling and empowering piece. These courageous women teach, by example, that those who dare to believe in themselves can find the inner strength to triumph over abuse, neglect, rape, illness, abandonment, poverty and religious domination. The similarities in their stories, even though they did not know each other prior to filming, communicate to all those who have suffered so long in silence that they are not alone."
Verna Myers, author and diversity consultant for her own organization, implores her audience to look at the stereotypes and prejudices for what they are: misinformation and bias. According to Myers, the only way that we can fight bias, prejudice, and their detrimental consequences is if we recognize that we hold them, even subconsciously, and actively fight against them instead of ignoring them. She gives examples of her own biases that she acknowledges and confronts, the common stereotypes, and misconceptions of African Americans that exist in America.
"In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness"
Speaking at an independently organized TED event in Columbus, Ohio, Michelle Alexander talks about mass incarceration in America, discrimination, and the future of race and racism in America. She explores the changes in our criminal justice system, it's racial connotation, political disenfranchisement of people of color through minor and often trivial legal consequences, and the influence it has on the worldviews of people of color which she ultimately juxtaposes with Jim Crow and its system of operation.
Bill O'Reilly, coming back from vacation prior to the week of Aug. 20th, goes on the air to voice his grievances about the developments in the civil rights community and the Michael Brown case following the acquittal of officer Darren Wilson. O'Reilly's portrayal of the events and the civil rights activists associated with the movement, whom he pejoratively calls "racial instigators," "race hustlers" and "those people," is exemplary of the insular and close-minded approaches to news reporting that has become a problem in the media. While O'Reilly has the right to report the news, and there is no way to eliminate bias, when it comes to reporting on sensitive subjects like race, relations reporters should aim to represent the situation in a nonpartisan way. They should not be showing a surveillance video of a robbery where Michael Brown's involvement is unconfirmed and Wilson didn't know of at the time of the confrontation, and reporting an orbital blowout of Wilson's eye socket that was confirmed to be false at the time.
A longtime satirical political commentator, Jon Stewart, invites Bill O'Reilly onto his show to talk about O'Reilly's new book release. Stewart, however, turns the direction of the segment toward a more pressing issue: racial inequality and white privilege. Stewart provides insightful commentary on white privilege, the statistics of inequality, and the inability for some to be aware of this dilemma. It is a topic that Bill O'Reilly has long discredited from being a "real" problem, but one which he ultimately acknowledges that exists after Stewart's powerful argument.
Time magazine follows a young teenager through the crowd of peaceful protesters gathered in Ferguson, MO, giving his opinion on Michael Brown's death. It raises a powerful question, "Am I next?"
New York Times captures the conditions of New York protesters following the Staten Island Grand Jury decision not to indict NYPD officer, Daniel Pantaleo. Individuals, both black and white, voice their concerns and take to the streets to demonstrate their outrage.
In an interview by Complex Mag., director Spike Lee talks about systemic and historical injustice people of color face, police violence, and the murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others who have lost their lives at the hands of excessive police force.