Watch MEF videos about race, racism, and white privilege
The failure of two grand juries to charge white police officers in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY, has thrown a harsh light on racism and white privilege in America.
As the national conversation around these cases intensifies, we want to remind you that MEF offers a number of films designed explicitly to help students think critically about racial attitudes and racial repression in America.
From filmmaker Byron Hurt’s intimate exploration of what it’s like to grow up as a black man in America, to Tim Wise’s look at what it’s like to grow up with the benefits of white privilege, to media scholar George Gerbner’s fascinating examination of how America media cultivate irrational fears of black men and violent crime, these films speak directly to the present moment.
We encourage you to use these films in your classes, organize programming on your campus, or host screenings in your community.
Check out our collection, and watch the trailers and/or full-length previews to help you decide which titles you’d like to add to your collection.