Welcome to the first installment of the You Are Black Gold Streaming & Reading series!
This series presents curated lists of books and currently streaming films, documentaries, and shows to begin building a foundational knowledge on critical topics impacting the African American community. This inaugural Streaming & Reading post focuses on police brutality and the criminal justice system.
For most Black Americans, it is undeniable that we live in a police state where an encounter with the police could alter—or end—your life forever. Unfortunately, this is not new, but because of smartphones and social media, we are more aware of this issue than ever before.
Topics covered in this list include police violence, coerced confessions, wrongful convictions, convict leasing, mass incarceration, the criminalization of Black children, their historical contexts and impacts on the Black family structure. Most of us have been directly or indirectly impacted by at least one of these issues and it would be helpful for us to learn more. With the recent banning of The New Jim Crow in two New Jersey prisons (now overturned thanks to the work of the New Jersey ACLU), we are once again reminded of the true power of knowledge.
Know your rights! Please review this ACLU guide:
Slavery By Another Name (PBS)
The Confession Tapes (Episode 5 "8th and H")
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness—Michelle Alexander
Worse than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice—David M. Oshinsky
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy—Heather Ann Thompson
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools—Monique Morris
Have you read or seen anything on the list? What else would you recommend to become more educated on the topics of police brutality and the criminal justice system? Leave a comment!