Where Do We Go From Here?
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Blunt, powerful Oprah-led panel about confronting racism.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It offers smart, critically-minded discussions from experienced Black leaders and activists about what racism really is, how it has persisted throughout history in the United States, and how institutions systematically reinforce racist behaviors (overtly and unconsciously).
Different points of view about the events surrounding the death of George Floyd and other Black community members, and the resulting protests and civil unrest, are offered. The specific systematic changes that must take place in order to move towards true racial equality are also discussed.
Positive Role Models
Featured guests are high-profile professionals whose work exemplifies leadership and activism in the Black community. Oprah Winfrey treats all guests with respect.
Violence & Scariness
Violent events, ranging from the murder of Black men, women, and children at the hands of people in power, to people dying from poverty, drugs, and COVID-19 are discussed. Looting and other violent events is a topic of discussion. Scenes of a young black man getting yelled at is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Where Do We Go From Here? is a special panel discussion hosted by Oprah Winfrey about the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, and subsequent events. It features high-profile members of the Black community talking about issues ranging from how they feel about the incident, to what needs to be done to eradicate racism in the United States. The ideas expressed may be challenging for some audiences to hear, but are offered within the spirit of explaining frankly what must happen in order to create real change.
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What's the Story?
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? is an Oprah Winfrey special two-part presentation that delves into the Black community's reactions to, and significance of, the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Oprah leads a virtual talk-show discussion with a panel of high-profile black community members, including former Georgia State Representative Stacy Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo, and Bishop William J. Barber II, religious leader and NAACP national board member. They talk about their reactions to what happened, and articulate what they believe to be the significance of the protests around the world in response. They also discuss the concrete changes they believe must take place in order to ensure that racial inequality is fully addressed, and eventually, eradicated. Footage of people interacting during protests and a musical performance are included.
Is It Any Good?
This thought-provoking series features an honest and unapologetic conversation with high-profile members of the Black community about who and what is responsible for ongoing racism in the United States. Participants bluntly discuss how Americans need to change their thinking about what racism is, and understand how the unequal treatment of Black people in the U.S. is a result of a system created and maintained by a power-holding white majority since the beginning of American history. They also note that while these discussions are far from new, the national conversation continues to put the responsibility to cope with, and change, this system on the Black community, instead of addressing how non-Black people can stop reinforcing it. The influence of media and technology on helping to call attention to racism is discussed.
Like all Oprah Winfrey talk shows, the exchange is carefully guided by the celebrity host, who inserts her own points of view throughout the conversation, while panelists discuss white privilege, and the inability of non-Black communities to understand what the Black community is going through. These conversations might seem harsh, but underscore the reasons why previous protests and calls to action failed to dismantle racist political, economic, and social institutional policies and procedures. Its candid and unsanitized observations are what make Where Do We Go From Here? worth watching and thinking about.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about racism. How do panelists on Where Do We Go From Here? define it? What are the different ways it is perpetuated? Who is responsible for it?
Both Oprah and her guests talk about the need for members of non-Black communities to understand their role in reinforcing racism. Why is this point being made?
Racism can be hard to talk about. Here are some media resources to help your family talk about these issues.
- Premiere date: June 9, 2020
- Cast: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Stacy Abrams, David Oyelowo, William J. Barber II
- Network: OWN
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Activism, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Communication, Compassion, Courage, Empathy, Integrity, Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: February 27, 2022
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