The problem of the importance of black lives and the equality of black and white people has been in the world since the colonial empires. The US Civil War may have become a key link in the chain of public protests against black discrimination. These protests come in waves in a turbulent, as if a sea during a storm, world community. And now we see another round of protests under the slogan "Black Lives Matter", which has escalated the situation to the limit.
The nature of the protests that raged in the 19-20th centuries differs from the current protests. If in the 1960s blacks fought for the elementary right to study at the same school and go in the same public transport with whites, now the situation is different. The law has equalized the rights of blacks and whites long ago, and it would seem that everyone should be satisfied. But the problem of moral suppression of blacks hasn't been solved only by legitimizing their rights. For example, if there are both black and white suspected persons in the criminal case, we will most likely attribute this crime to the first one. Just because we have developed a stereotype: if the skin is black, then at least a bully is in front of you, at most a criminal.
Of course, sometimes blacks fuel such sentiments themselves committing pogroms and robberies, which happened in May-June. But don't whites ever do that? And it seems that an enlightenment finally occurred in the society. We begin to understand that white skin is not an indicator of innate upbringing and intelligence and the black one doesn't mean that it's owner is vicious. A white person can also be a criminal, and a black one may be a good citizen. It took more than 100 years for people to truly realize this. And this insight has led to the fact that now white people bow their knees in front of blacks who have been receiving huge portions of humiliation for centuries. In fact, this is another extreme of racism, because now blacks demand much more than before. And now we see how any attempt to stop the blacks who actually committed the crime is declared racism. Long years of white arrogance and superiority have led to riots and impunity for those blacks who deserve punishment. Apparently, 2020 has opened a new page in the history of the struggle for equality.
The introduction has turned out to be too long. But I would like every reader to feel the acuity of the events which preface was written long before us. Not all black films are collected here, but it's an attempt to choose those that show the history of blacks' transformation from silent slaves into rightful people most clearly.