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Boiling Point (2021)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Insightful history docu on racism has some violent imagery.

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This thought-provoking series examines prominent moments in history that underscore the systemic racism that exists and persists in the United States. It discusses events like the first planned march on Selma, the events leading up to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, and what happened during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It also looks at the historic reactions to the existence of racism in education, the criminal justice system, and in every day practice. Throughout it all, it parallels these moments in history with more contemporary events, including Black Lives Matter, and discusses the changing role of media and technology is playing in them.

These moments in Black and African-American history raised awareness about racism among non-Black people in America. But Boiling Point also points to the fact that they did not lead to the the systemic changes necessary to ensure racial equity. It also notes that the challenges Black and African-American communities face today are ultimately the same ones they've faced throughout history. While experts note some progress in how the conversations about racism are being had, the overall series offers clear evidence of the country's historic failure to heed the repeated call for racial justice, and to take real action to achieve it.

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