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Driving While Black: Race, Space, and Mobility in America

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful doc uses violent images to illustrate history.

TV PBS Educational 2020
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It's important to understand that racism in America isn't a series of isolated events, but a continuum of oppression that is often reinforced by the government. Driving While Black is an incredible introduction to this complex idea that's missing from most versions of American history. Using travel as a window into how systematic racism works is extremely effective because it juxtaposes the promise of freedom with the reality of oppression. It streamlines a sprawling amount of material into an easy to follow timeline that leads right up to the police violence and misconduct that America is finally paying attention to in 2020. Rather than serving as a brutal slog through America's history of inequity, Driving While Black also highlights the Black culture, community, and entrepreneurship that flourished during segregation in spite of Jim Crow. It is not only a story of oppression, but also of resiliance.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 13, 2020
  • Network: PBS
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: August 30, 2022

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