New York Times Documentaries on the Police and Race

In the past few years, the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the problems between the African American community and many of the police departments in this country. The recent killings of young African men by police officers has been a painful experience for many African Americans across all economic classes, as many have had bad experiences with police officers who have stopped them for no reason. The New York Times has produced a series of mini-documentaries that have tried to help people understand the feelings of both African Americans and police officers on this issue and to help instigate a necessary dialogue on race. I think it’s a commendable attempt to help bridge the gap between the minority community and police.

In this short documentary, parents reveal their struggles with telling their black sons that they may be targets of racial profiling by the police.

In this short documentary, former officers share their thoughts on policing and race in America.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000004027684

In this New York Times short documentary, young black men explain the particular challenges they face growing up in America.

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I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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