Amazon’s ‘Underground Railroad’ Spurs Debate Over TV’s Depiction Of Black Trauma

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans discusses how black trauma is showing up in popular entertainment and how it’s affecting viewers — including himself.

TV and Black Trauma
Behind the scenes of Amazon's "The Underground Railroad". Amazon Studios
TV and Black Trauma
Behind the scenes of Amazon's "The Underground Railroad". Amazon Studios

Amazon’s ‘Underground Railroad’ Spurs Debate Over TV’s Depiction Of Black Trauma

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans discusses how black trauma is showing up in popular entertainment and how it’s affecting viewers — including himself.

Increasing diversity has been a positive for Black representation in media and entertainment. But lately, we’re seeing Black pain turned into entertainment in shows about slavery, Jim Crow and urban decay.

Reset explores how Black trauma is being turned into popular drama.

GUEST: Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic