PBS Documentary Premiers Today: Driving While Black

Filmmakers unearth a long trail of racism in ‘Driving While Black’

(CNN) The tragic stories seem endless. Sandra Bland dies in a jail cell days after a traffic stop. Philando Castile is pulled over by police and within minutes he is dead. Rayshard Brooks, who had fallen asleep at the wheel of his car and failed a field sobriety test, is fatally shot.

A new documentary, “Driving While Black,” digs deep to untangle a twisted reality. Black people continually face danger behind the wheel, and it’s rooted in history.The two-hour film, premiering October 13 on PBS, winds its way from slavery to Jim Crow to the advent of the interstate highway. Through archival footage and a series of interviews, the filmmakers’ argument is poignant.

When Black Americans first found their freedom to move around, White Americans pushed back fearing where they were going and why — and the remnants of that prejudice linger today.

“There are still so many dangers of being on the road,” says Allyson Hobbs, a Stanford University associate professor, in the film. “I think we’re in a time right now where African Americans are feeling a similar kind of fear as their grandparents felt in the 1930s and 40s.”

Read further in CNN

Suggested reading by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

Led by N.B.A., Boycotts Disrupt Pro Sports in Wake of Blake Shooting

To Refute the Hate-mongering of White Supremacists I visited Martin Luther King’s Memorial

White Southerners, our souls are at stake. We must speak up now

Video: Malcolm X’s Letter from Hajj

Why doesn’t the Muslim community look up to its black celebrities?

US Supreme Court Defying Trump and Favoring ‘Dreamers’

This is a moment of reckoning on race for White Christians

Video: Who Is the First Anti-Racist? (Dr. Craig Considine)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.