9 Shows & Movies About Anti-Black Racism You Can Watch On Netflix

There's no time like the present to get educated.
Anti-Racism Shows & Movies

Use your streaming time wisely! The next time you're scrolling through Netflix, consider checking out one of the many anti-racism shows and movies that the platform has to offer. There's no time like the present to get educated, and you may even find a new favourite along the way.

As protests against police brutality continue across the world, people are wondering what else they can do to help. Although it seems simple, taking the time to learn about the racial inequalities that exist around you can be more powerful than it seems.

Over the years, Netflix has built up a great selection of documentaries, films, and TV shows that not only entertaining but also provide insights on anti-black racism and the struggles that people of colour face every day.

If you don't have a subscription to the streamer, have no fear! They've made several educational titles available for free on YouTube, including 13th — a powerful documentary about the prison boom that has taken place in the United States.


Scholars, activists, and politicians analyze how black Americans are criminalized, as well as the United States prison boom. The documentary was directed by known activist and uber-talented filmmaker, Ava DuVernay.

She's also well known for directing Selma, When They See Us, and A Wrinkle in Time.

When They See Us

Based on the true story of the Central Park Five — a group of young black men were accused of brutally attacking and raping a jogger in New York. Netflix's limited series When They See Us is chilling, jaw-dropping and the acting performances are spectacular.

This is a TV show you need to add to your must-watch list.

Who Killed Malcolm X?

An activist seeks justice as he begins a journey to uncover the truth behind the tragic assassination of Malcolm X. This riveting series takes a deeper look into the mysterious circumstances around the well-known leader's death.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Crime-Victim advocate, Victoria Cruz, sheds light on the unsettling death of Marsha P. Johnson, who went missing in 1992. Johnson was an American gay liberation activist, drag queen, and one of the prominent figures in the 1969 Stonewall uprising.

Over 25 years later, Cruz looks for answers on what really happened to her friend.

Dear White People

At Winchester University, a predominantly white Ivy League school, black students are faced with cultural bias, misguided activism, social injustice, and questionable politics.

If you're looking for a series that's entertaining, this dramatic comedy could be for you!

Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Despite never being convicted of a crime, Kalief Browder spent three years behind bars at the age of 16. This docu-series tells his heartbreaking story of fighting back against the justice system in the United States.

In addition, Jay-Z makes an appearance in this documentary series.

Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap

Cory Booker and others explain how centuries of inequality, slavery, and housing discrimination have come together over the years to create what's known as the racial wealth gap.

This short episode is concise, thoughtful, and describes systemic black oppression in a way that is easy to understand.

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story

At just 16 years old, Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison. Over the years, questions about her past, physiology, and the law itself called her guilt into question and ultimately resulted in her freedom.


During the divided World War II era, two families from Mississippi come together to confront the brutal realities of prejudice that exist around them.

This 4-time Oscar-nominated movie stars Jonathan Banks and Garrett Hedlund.