Educational Documentaries and TED Talks to watch for FREE on YouTube

Here I have put together useful documentaries and TED talks on topics such as racial injustice and cancel culture, that I have personally found insightful and educational and the best thing: They are available to you to watch for FREE on Youtube.

TED TALK: Replacing Cancel Culture with Accountability


13th is a 2016 American documentary film by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;” and it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.

TED TALK – Understanding the history of ‘blackface’

Throughout history, portrayals of characters in ‘blackface’ — with white people made up to caricature Black stereotypes — have been used in ways that demean, denigrate, and trivialize people of African descent. Dwan Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History Culture, offers a detailed history of this practice, and how it is still so harmful when it appears today. Dwandalyn (Dwan) Reece is a musician, scholar and museum professional who is Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History Culture. Responsible for the acquisition, research and interpretation of the museum’s music and performing arts collection, she curated the museum’s permanent exhibition, Musical Crossroads, for which she received the Secretary’s Research Prize in 2017.


This documentary posted by ELLE shares the experience around braids and cultural appropriation around black hair culture in America. 

Black lives: Deadlock

After the end of slavery, African Americans were oppressed by-laws that enforced racial segregation, but even after they won equal civil rights, they claim to have been held back by continued racism. In Episode 8, RTD finds out whether Black and White Americans can ever genuinely integrate. RTD meets Grand Wizard of the North Carolina KKK Chris Barker and his family, to understand the attitude of White supremacists toward their African American neighbours. Media personality Tariq Nasheed and Hawk Newsome, a Black Lives Matter leader from New York City, talk about how White Americans avoiding their Black fellow citizens affects the African-American community.
Racial profiling

As police departments turn to big data to help reduce crime in their neighborhoods, advocacy groups are sounding the alarm about high-tech racial profiling. The algorithm-driven systems analyze supposedly impartial historical crime data to predict where crimes will occur or who might commit them. But critics say the data can actually reinforce biased past police practices. This CBSN Originals documentary raises the question: Are predictive policing programs actually super-charging racial bias?

Ted talk about the root of racial injustice

In this inspiring and powerful talk, Megan Francis traces the root causes of our current racial climate to their core causes, debunking common misconceptions and calling out “fix-all” cures to a complex social problem.

That Black British Feeling 

In this short documentary from 2016, Nesta McGregor investigates what’s behind the Black Lives Matter protests across Britain, and asks why some black people in the UK still feel racism affects them every day.

Documenting hate

This 2018 film investigates the resurgence of white supremacists in America.
Looking into how the violent and infamous rally in Charlottesville became a watershed moment for the white supremacist movement. Frontline PBS Correspondent A.C. Thompson shows how some of those behind the racist violence went unpunished and shines a light on the rise of new white supremacist groups in America. 

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