Diverse Netflix shows: POC and BAME.

Quick disclosure before we get properly into this blog post. One, I don’t own any of the images used in this post and I am not making any money through the image use. Two, I know POC (People of Colour) and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) are by no means perfect terms. They don’t differentiate enough between different groups and can often simplify very complex issues. But I have thought a lot and for the purposes of this post, which is to highlight content to watch on Netflix that is not predominantly featuring white actors, it was the best I could come up with. However, I am always open to feedback, constructive criticism and ideas, especially from those groups.

I acknowledge that as a white person my knowledge is all second hand. But I passionately believe that its essential white people educate themselves on racial inequality, race relations and racism. That we listen to those whom these issues affect and we accept our own white privilege. Those of you who have been following me for a while will know that diversity and race relations is something I have been writing about for a while and I’ll link other relevant blog posts at the end. If I can make even a tiny difference to social inequalities then that will have been worth it.

I want to use my voice and space to share and amplify the voices of others. That’s partly how this post came about. I realised how much media I was consuming was either all white actors or one or two token poc characters. I’ll be honest it took me a while to realise just how widespread this lack of representation is. Things have made some progress but there is a long way to go but supporting through viewing is a powerful tool for highlighting what viewers want to see.

Now I realise this is quite a big mix of films but they are all majority or at least significant minority non-white actors. So hey at least my lockdown binge watching has allowed me to explore and discover greater diversity in media and to share that learning with you guys. It should go without saying but these were all shows I really enjoyed and I hope you will too.

But on to the topic of the blog: Diverse Netflix Shows: POC and BAME representation.

Based on real life series

Self Made

When they see Us

The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Fictional series

Star Trek Deep Space Nine

Dear White People

Blood and Water

Jane the Virgin

Gentefied

Kim’s Convenience

To all the boys I’ve loved before

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Greenleaf

Documentaries

Spelling the Dream

Knock Down the House

The 13th

Immigration Nation

Becoming

All in my Family

Teach Us All

Whose vote counts? Explained

Bling Empire

Conclusion

Well there you have it. My top suggestions of Netflix shows featuring BAME or POC characters. I hope you enjoy watching them as I did and that perhaps in reading this it will encourage you to think critically about our media and who it represents.

Further Reading

White privilege; POC representation; and diversity in the outdoors: https://lifeofmorag.wordpress.com/2020/08/23/white-privilege-poc-representation-and-diversity-in-the-outdoors/

Representation matters: POC, Black lives matter and historical books: https://lifeofmorag.wordpress.com/2020/06/05/representation-matters-poc-black-lives-matter-and-historical-books/

Educate yourself on inequality: Book recommendations: https://lifeofmorag.wordpress.com/2019/12/17/educate-yourself-on-inequality-book-recommendations/

We must see race and embrace differences: British and my own identity: https://lifeofmorag.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/seeing-race-and-being-racist-are-not-the-same-british-and-my-own-identity/

7 thoughts on “Diverse Netflix shows: POC and BAME.

  1. This is such a great list! I am glad to find some titles I already watched and some more to add to my list. ‘Self made’ was such a powerful story as well as ‘Dear White Poeple’. Thank you for sharing x

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  2. This is a really good list, I’ve seen a lot of the historical programs but not many of the other programs listed. I thought bling empire was really interesting. Thanks for sharing I’ll be checking out the reading suggestions x

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  3. Thank you for sharing. I think you’re right that it’s important as white people for us to help raise up the voices of BIPOC and ethnic minority backgrounds and use our voices to stand with them and ensure that their stories and voices are heard. I’ve watched a few on this list but will certainly be watching more particularly the documentaries you mentioned.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this list – some great titles I’ve already watched and some more to add to my list. Great post on an important topic.

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