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