Watch: Jelani Cobb Examines Newark, NJ Law Enforcement in Policing the Police
Frontline also interviewed Cobb—one of the country’s most prominent voices on race and injustice—about his experience making the film. When asked about meaningful change for race relations and discriminatory policing in America, he said:
“I am a congenital optimist — even though it’s kind of a realistic optimism. I think that these things can change. I think that this is going to take a long time, and just like any other kind of meaningful institutional change that we’ve seen in this country. Like at one point it was nothing for someone to get drunk and get behind the wheel of the car, but those things have just plummeted. We think of these things much differently. We think about violence towards women much differently than we used to. And none of those things were easy to change, but I think that our relationship with police could possibly change. It’s a matter of diligence and consistency and people who are committed to making it happen over the very long haul.”
For the interview in its entirety, follow the link to Frontline.