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Racism: Coverage and Context

Current events continue to reveal how America contends with racism and racial disparity and the unsettling truths about inequality and injustice in our society. New England Public Media is deeply committed to covering these issues and putting them into context with the latest news, programs from our archives, and learning resources.

Upcoming and Recent Programming on WGBY

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise Part 1
Sunday, July 5 at 12 noon

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history — from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about our nation.

Reconstruction: America after the Civil War
Saturday, July 4 at 4 p.m.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents the definitive history of the years following the American Civil War. The film honors the struggle of the African Americans who fought their way out of slavery. It also tells the tragic story of the sustained pushback against Reconstruction’s determination to secure equal rights for Black people.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
American Masters

Tuesday, June 23 at 8 p.m.

An artful and intimate meditation on the life of the beloved Nobel Prize-winning author. From her Ohio childhood to her time teaching at Princeton and beyond, Morrison leads an assembly of peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition.

America In Black and Blue 2020
Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m.

As the latest crisis of police violence on black citizens — and outraged protests and ensuing violence — engulf the nation, this PBS special will bring context and insight. It will update reporting from the original America in Black and Blue, which first aired in 2016. Correspondents will report from Minneapolis, Georgia, New York and elsewhere, and interviews from PBS NewsHour Weekend, Amanpour and Company, and other PBS national and local programming will be included.

Healing Racism:  A Community Dialogue
Thursday, June 4 at 8 p.m.

On February 23, 2017, WGBY and its partner, the Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, presented a live town hall-style forum about race relations in western New England. Hosted by journalist Tina Martin (WBGH’s Greater Boston and Basic Black), the program resulted in a meaningful discussion about institutional and interpersonal racism.

The Talk - Race in America
Thursday, June 4 at 9 p.m.

Originally broadcast in February 2017, the documentary focuses on the conversation that takes place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children. about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. “The talk,” as it is called, usually contains phrases like this, “If you are stopped by the police, always answer ‘yes sir, no sir.’ Never talk back. Don’t make any sudden movements, don’t put your hands in your pockets, obey all commands. If you think you are falsely accused, save it for the police station. I would rather pick you up at the station than the morgue.”

Race Matters – America In Crisis: A PBS Newshour Special
Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m.

The PBS Newshour special will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, outrage about police brutality, and America’s deep systemic racial disparities in the economy, education, criminal justice system, housing and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will also include grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations with thought leaders and other newsmakers

Frontline: Policing the Police
Friday, June 5 at 10 p.m.

How do you change a troubled police department? Frontline goes inside the Newark Police Department — one of many forces in America ordered to reform. As the country’s debate over race, policing and civil rights continues to unfold, the New Yorker's Jelani Cobb examines allegations of police abuses in Newark, N.J. and the challenge of fixing a broken relationship with the community.  (Originally broadcast June 28, 2016)

Recent Local Coverage from Connecting Point

Rep. Williams Weighs in on Gov. Baker’s Police Reform Bill
Friday, June 26, 2020

Chicopee Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis
Monday, June 22, 2020

The State We're In: Springfield Mayor Sarno Addresses Racism
Friday, June 19

Imo Imeh’s “Lead Me to Rest” Painting Resonates in Wake of Floyd’s Death
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper Reacts to Protests
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

ACLU Massachusetts Sues the City of Springfield
Tueday, June 16, 2020

How the 24-Hour News Cycle Handles the Ever-Changing Headlines
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The State We’re In: How Do We Change Systemic Racism in America?
Friday, June 12, 2020
Carrie Saldo unpacks some of the driving forces behind the issues and explores solutions with four western Mass change makers.

Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa Signs #NoCopMoney Pledge
Wednesday, June 2020

Springfield 'Say Their Names' Mural
Monday, June 8, 2020

The State Were In: Black & Latino Caucus Reacts to George Floyd’s Killing
Friday, June 5, 2020

Springfield Protests the Killing of George Floyd
Thursday, June 4, 2020

The George Floyd Protests and Creating Change
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Local Activist Shirley Edgerton Reacts to the George Floyd Protests
Monday, June 1

Recent Local Coverage from NEPR

Mass. Auditor: Gov. Baker's Policing Bill A Good Start, But Falls Short On Training
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Protesters Call For Action From Baker On Police Brutality
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Massachusetts Lawmakers Grapple With 'Defund The Police'
Monday, June 15, 2020

'Now Is A Time For Activism' As Some Politicians Heed Calls For Police Changes
Friday, June 12, 2020

Hartford Council, Mayor Move To Reallocate And Reduce Police Budget
Friday, June 12, 2020

In Rural N.H., Demonstrators Say Anti-Racism Rallies 'Make Our Community Stronger'
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

On A Weekend Of Protests, A Common Message With Wildly Different Tactics
Monday, June 8, 2020

A Public Piano Sparks An Anthem For A Pandemic — And Another For George Floyd
Friday, June 5, 2020

More Than 1,000 At Peaceful Holyoke, Mass., Protest: 'George Can't Breathe. So We Scream!'
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hartford Continues To Protest The Killing Of George Floyd
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

In Amherst, Mass., A Peaceful Protest And An Understanding Of Less-Peaceful Ones
Monday, June 1, 2020

Recent Local Coverage from Colectivo de Medios Latinos

La Marcha y Vigilia Solidaria en Holyoke Contra la Brutalidad Policial
4 de Junio, 2020

En esta entrega del Colectivo de Medios Latinos conversamos con Melanie Ivelisse Díaz y Naiomi Robles. Ellas son parte del equipo de organizadoras de la marcha y vigilia solidaria contra la brutalidad policial que se llevó a cabo en Holyoke el 2 de junio y que reunió a centenares de personas. Naiomi y Melanie forman parte del grupo comunitario 413 Boricuas. (Colectivo de Medios Latinos is an all-Spanish resource providing weekday news updates and interviews produced by a collective of local Latino journalists, inlcuding Presencia's Veronica Garcia and Zydalis Bauer.)