The Murder of James Byrd Jr (1998) – In Jasper, Texas, three white men murdered a black man by chaining him to a pickup truck and dragging him for three miles. This doc explores the town’s racial divide with white and black residents being filmed by white and black crews respectively. [1:24:16]

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Who the fuck are these white murderers’ parents? How does a child grow up so sick and evil?


The manner of his murder is absolutely horrific! My deepest condolences, even now, to his family 🙁


The just executed the second guy last year I believe. I live a few towns over. I remember people saying he proclaimed his innocence up until his death.

If that man was involved in James’ death…he deserved much worse.


Watching it now and a lot of the dialogue is eerily similar to today. This is a tough watch.


“Hoping that it was a black man that killed him.” 🧐😒


Killing Field (2020) Explosive new allegations of Australian special forces war crimes [00:43:52]

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Hey did anyone actually watch this or are we just going to worry about whether OP is Chinese? I’m curious if I should spend time watching this after work, if anyone’s actually seen it.


Sooo- this was posted by a Chinese bot



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Not exactly the level of discipline you’d expect from a so-called elite operator. That it took so long for one of them to come forward is also telling of the culture, where there is likely an unspoken expectation that these incidents would be taken to the grave.

The claim about vague descriptions of targets lacked some credibility, as the guy asserting it didn’t seem overly confident about it. In any event, a lot of the men would look similar, so it would probably require contextual considerations also.

Either way, it seems painfully similar to what happened in Vietnam: countless patrols, where kill count quickly becomes the KPI, the enemy is invisible, and individuals become disillusioned and confused. While the responsibility for strategic decisions sits with ranking officers and politicians, those within the unit would be equally hungry to get into a war zone and do what they’ve been training for.

While the blame sits with the individual, what about the protocols in place to prevent this from happening in the first place? Rotating patrol leaders, whistleblower avenues, thorough debriefing, psychological assessment, cooling off periods,mandatory body cams, reviewing footage as standard procedure, etc?


Hello, AFP? Yes, this post right here.


Brown Eyes and Blue Eyes (1968) – The amazing experiment conducted by Jane Elliot with her students about racism and how it is taught rather than being inherent. An amazing look into how entitlement is fostered. [00:14:36]

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I was fortunate enough to be in one of her day long workshops when I was 16. I am blue-eyed and therefore subjected to the abuse.

It was easily one of the most powerful experiences of my life. The frustration and rage I get was incredible. I had to fight myself not to kick her kneecaps off.

I think the most powerful part was the discussion afterwards, though. The black students, who all had brown eyes, did not participate in belittling the blue-eyed group. When asked why they all said they knew what we were feeling and simply did not want to make anyone feel the way they were made to feel most of the time.

For anyone who was “scarred” by the experience, you should be. I still carry my lessons from the day and have worked hard to simply be kind and compassionate. Perhaps others did not have the same takeaways, but her work is important and has opened a lot of eyes over the years.

Racism, like most behaviors, is taught. It can be unlearned. It is frequently broken down by just getting to know people or finding a way to empathize with their experience. Hate is not a natural state, though. Children are kind and generous and loving and compassionate before they are taught hate and fear. I hope more people find ways to get back to being more child-like, because we need more of those pure child-like qualities in the world.


seen hella whites complaining about how horrible this experiment was, and some guy from the test group held grudge for rest of his life for being treated “unfairly”

fucking mind boggling.


Thank you for posting this, it brings back memories. My teacher did this to our class when I was 9 years old(late 1980’s). As a blue eyed,( 1 of 3 blued eyed kids in the class) I felt like a loser for the first hour. I can still hear my teachers voice when we blue eyed kids inevitably got an answer wrong. “See class, just like I said, blue eyes are not like us smart brown eyed people.” I remember looking around and all the brown eyed kids agreeing with her. Then the teacher started giving Red Vine Licorice to all the brown eyed kids and none to the blue eyed kids. That was the last straw. I lost it, started crying in class. It was the greatest injustice I had felt up to that point in my life. She had to stop the experiment to calm me down and gave all of us blue eyed kids extra Red Vines to make the peace.
It was the only time I ever cried in school.
Just in case you were wondering, if she was passing out Twizzlers that day, no way I would of cried. No way! Red Vines are the best and Twizzlers are trash. I went from angry/ confused to blubbering in 5 minutes once that tub got passed by me.
I’m a grown ass man and I do not tolerate racist people( or Twizzlers) in my life, so the experiment worked on me.


It’s also mildly interesting that the subtitles are in Minnan (Taiwanese) rather than standard Chinese.


These experiments always make me wonder how it feels like to be a person of colour in the room and watching reactions. And that feeling of self-awareness when you know that during the debrief all those blue eyes are going to turn and stare at you and only see you for your brown eyes and skin colour. And what the next day would feel like.

It makes my skin crawl to think about the uncomfortableness.


D-Day The Battle of Cherbourg (2020) – Mark Felton Productions [00:13:19]

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Mark Felton is amazing.


This channel is really good for bit-sized documentaries on the happenings of WWII, both big and small!


Damn, that “butcher’s bill” at the end floored me. You forget how many people die every hour of every day as the narrator casually gives you the play by play.


Love his channel. Videos are short but I always learn something interesting.


I love Mark’s Documentaries! 👍


The World’s End: The Making Of ‘Day Of The Dead’ (2013) “This is a documentary about the making of George A. Romero’s 1985 film DAY OF THE DEAD.” [01:25:26]

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Love the Dead, series but Day of the Dead is my favourite. Haven’t seen this, thanks.


It took me a long time to get into the “Of the Dead” movies (and the Return series too) but once I did I kicked my own ass for dismissing them for so long. This is a wonderful doc.


We have *Night of the Living Dead*, *Dawn of the Dead* and *Day of the Dead*. Still in the works:

– Late Afternoon of the Dead
– Dinner Time of the Dead
– No TV Until Your Homework is Done of the Dead
– Bedtime of the Dead
– Sneaking out to the Party at Dylan’s House of the Dead


BO1 anyone?




The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971) Documents the brutal murder of Black Panther Party chapter leader Fred Hampton by the Chicago police, its subsequent investigation and his activism in the last eighteen months of his life. [01:29:00]

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I haven’t seen the documentary but I recall this being one of the victims of COINTELPRO right? That whole operation was wild as fuck.


Rest In Power.


And it’s only 50 years later, I’m sure a handful of the guilty people involved are still alive and scott free


Fred Hampton was absolutely murdered by the police. They shot him while he was asleep in bed and used enough ammunition to supply a small army. It’s a fucking travesty that nobody paid a price for that crime and J. Edgar Hoover was allowed to die of old age.


This man was only 21 when he died and could mobilize thousands of people across races. Could have easily ended up a congressman, senator , or governor. Sad that they assassinated him because of his potential.


Swan Was Here (2018) – While caring for his critically ill wife, a man loses his job of twenty years and finds himself homeless. [0:14:41]

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Very sad, but a good ending. I hope he’s still well. I’d love to contribute to an organization like that.


While I’m glad this has a relatively happy ending – that Swan was able to obtain housing instead of living in the woods, this man once had a job, a home a wife. He was close to retirement. His wife’s Huntington’s and medical bills led to their spiral. A large percentage of bankruptcies and foreclosures in this country are directly due to medical bills and what’s most appalling is, they already have health insurance.

One major illness – cancer, heart condition, diabetes creates medical expenses that many Americans won’t be able to recover from. It’s frighteningly precarious how our lives can hang by a thread in this country.


Sad but heart warming. Thanks for posting


A lot of people believe that becoming homeless can only occur as the result of substance abuse, being crazy or unwise.
As if they must somehow choose or deserve it.
Victim blaming is a rampant default rationale.

In fact the substance use, mental challenges, and isolation is often the side effect/ only available coping methods of being homeless totally unrelated to the cause. Trauma and loss of a home can flip someone’s life upside down.

The ugly truth is that it can happen to anyone; especially to people that are very independent, have values and or repeatedly get rejected from basic help they seek out.

I’m glad to see a story where someone got help because it’s not the norm.
Maybe this documentary can elucidate people who’ve never lost their safety nets or support systems.


Wow. Just goes to show how quickly life can change. Great documentary and great post.


Human Zoos: America’s Forgotten History of Scientific Racism (2019) – [00:55:03]

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The science of gynecology was “perfected” on black women. They said a black woman couldn’t feel pain.


Recently watched this on curiosity and was stunned i had never heard of human zoos. Their stories are horrific D= and the ones that survived and returned to their tribes were never the same or commited suicide soon after.


Related to this subject, there’s a fictional film called Venus Noire, which depicts the real life story of Sarah Baartman, an african woman with big buttocks who was paraded in these disgusting “freak” shows and scientific studies. In her circus performance, she acts as if she’s a savage beast from the african jungle to scare the spectators. It’s like a deep dive into the absolute bottom of human condition. It’s absolutely repulsive and hard to watch but an amazing film.


Unbelievable part of history that more people should know about


Out of interest if you’ve never heard of the Dionne Quintuplets, that is a good one to know about when it comes to humans being kept in zoos. It’s also a good example of what even a country like Canada is capable of in a time that wasn’t that long ago.


Child labor for shimmering cosmetics (2020) – Mica is a natural mineral added to many cosmetics to make them shimmer. But mica has its dark side. The glamorous raw material is often sourced from illegal mines where child labor is rife. [00:28:25]

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should cross post this to r/MakeupAddiction

edit: feel like i need to say that i’m not saying this as a gotcha to MakeupAddiction. I’m part of the subreddit lol


Don’t worry, your tennis shoes don’t come from places much better.


Slavery is more prominent now than any other time in history, its just hidden better sadly.


It also causes progressive lung disease when people inhale a lot of it, similar to the diseases you can develop from other fine-powder inhalations like silicone and coal dust (black lung) … and asbestos, though that one is one of the worst. The long-term health prospects of these child laborers are certainly not going to be cared about by their employers minimizing inhalation and providing protective equipment, etc. So their lives are being completely destroyed.


Mining is bad in general. Mining rare earth minerals, some are a major component of modern eletronics, use an exploited workforce and really bad for the environment.


Sinking of the Costa Concordia caught on camera (2013) – Sinking of a famous cruise ship filmed by people on the board. [00:46:56]

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>Regarding his dry and early departure of the vessel, [Captain] Schettino had explained that he slipped off the ship when it turned over and fell into a lifeboat.

Ah, yes.


Winston Churchill was (allegedly) asked what he was going to do when he retired. He said he was going to take an Italian cruise. The reporter was puzzled, as Britain’s Cunard line was highly regarded at the time. He questioned Churchill on his choice, and Churchill stated that if anything goes wrong on an Italian cruise, “there’s none of that women and children first nonsense”.


So for years I was friends/coworkers with this woman who previously was a professional dancer. She even danced at the moulin rouge. One day she blurts out she was a dancer on the costa Concordia! They had a rotating roster where everyone worked 3 trips on, one trip off. The crash happened on her trip OFF obviously. One of her best friends, a musician from the brass band died trying to disembark passengers. She told me all about the captain. She said she avoided him like the plague. Apparently there were 3 captains on this ship on their own rotating roster and she adored and respected 2 of them but hated the guy who was at the helm that day. Apparently he was a filthy womaniser who would try to take advantage of all the new/younger dancers and waitresses and he drank most days and was very into his cocaine. Overall a real piece of shit. My friend was shockingly cavalier about the whole thing considering she lost many friends and it could have been her.


One of my co-workers was on this cruise. Took him almost a month to get back home.


I always thought it was bizarre how someone high ranking like that would make shit up to people staring at you from 4 helicopters with night vision