Movies About Social Injustice

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  • Do the Right Thing
  • Fruitvale Station
  • American History X
  • Crash
  • Sometimes in April
  • Higher Learning
  • Rosewood
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Ghosts of Missisppi
  • Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
  • Red Tails

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Movies can have an incredible impact on social change. From Crash to Fruitvale Station, a dramatized version of events offers the kind of human perspective that news reports and statistics can't. With the recent tragic deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown — young, innocent Black men killed by police brutality — films about social injustice are more important than ever.

Our list kicks off with Spike Lee's urban drama Do the Right Thing. The director made a powerful point about how little things have changed in New York from 1989 to 2014 by splicing together footage of Garner's death with that of his fictional character Radio Raheem.

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