Driving while black, abbreviated as DWB, is a phrase in American English that refers to the racial profiling of black drivers. The phrase implies that a motorist might be pulled over by a police officer simply because he or she is black, and then questioned, searched, and/or charged with a trivial offense,[1] or summarily shot. "Driving While Black" is word play on the name of an actual crime, driving while intoxicated, commonly referred to as DWI. Some jurisdictions use the term Driving Under the Influence (DUI); others use Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII); see "Driving Under the Influence" for other variants.

Alex Landau, who is African American, recalls how he nearly lost his life following a traffic stop with the Denver police. He and his mother, Patsy, who is white, remember that night and how it changed them both forever.


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Directed by: Gina Kamentsky & Julie Zammarichi Executive Producers: Donna Galeno, Dave Isay & Lizzie Jacobs
Produced by: Rachel Hartman & Roxana Petzold
Audio Produced by: Jud Esty-Kendall
Animation, Design & Production: Gina Kamentsky & Julie Zammarichi
Animation Assistant: Temah Nelson Production Intern: Jeremy Gordon
Original Music: Joshua Abrams
Music Performed by: Joshua Abrams, Marquis Hill, Emmett Kelly & Adam Thronburg
Music Mixed by: Joshua Abrams & Neil Strauch

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation