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Black Lives Matter

5 Resources to Learn About Racism in the United States

The work we do at Wheel the World to make the world a more accessible place is driven by one concept: inclusion. We are a team of people working toward inclusion.

Wheel the World has the platform and audience to talk about inclusion. And, while this platform is generally focused on accessibility, today there is something important happening in the United States that needs to be talked about. We are by no means experts. We are investigating, learning, and having important conversations about anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

We want to encourage our community to do the same, so we have put together a list of resources to start educating ourselves and each other.

1. 13th – Documentary

This Academy Award nominated documentary explores the history of racism in the United States. It traces the mass incarceration of black US Americans back to the Civil War and abolishment of slavery and explains the long history behind the country’s institutionalized racism. Watch it on Netflix or here.

2. Talks to help you understand racism – TED.com

The famous TED Talks organization devoted to “spreading great ideas” through talks by expert speakers has compiled a playlist of videos to help viewers understand racism. Browse the available talks here. Learn about the economic costs of racism by policy expert Heather C. McGhee, watch an interview with the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, or listen to novelist Chimamanda Adichie explain why it is dangerous to share just one historical or cultural narrative.

3. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Book

Written by civil rights lawyer, advocate, and scholar, Michelle Alexander, this book explains the racial discrimination present in the United States’ criminal justice system. It explains how racial discrimination has never been eliminated – just redesigned. You can find places to purchase the book here.

4. Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap – Short documentary

Part the well-known Netflix series “Explained”, this episode dives into the racial wealth gap in the United States and explains how centuries of discrimination have created racial economic inequality. Watch it here or on Netflix.

5. When They See Us – Miniseries

This four-part mini series is based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. It tells the story of 5 young black men who were falsely accused and prosecuted for a crime they did not commit. It demonstrates how racism played a part in the wrongful conviction of these men. You can watch the trailer here and find the full series on Netflix.


There is a lot of work to be done to confront racism together as an international community, and these are just some places to get started. Please feel free to share other resources and suggestions in the comments below. Inclusion has no limits and we are committed to being part of the solution, starting with educating ourselves and our community. 

We hope you will join us.