However, there is a moment of the film where the white officer is given a chance to redeem himself at the end when the same black woman is involved in a car crash and he saves her, thus is absolved of his wrong-doing.
The next point of focus is 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Harris-Perry notes that she lives in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Harris-Perry jokes about during the flooding when black Americans climbed on their roofs and waved big American flags. "When they are flying those flags, they are literally demonstrating that they have done the greatest American sacrifice. They did the one greatest thing that male Americans are called to do: go to war"
The focus of 2006 is Jena 6--also in Louisiana. An instance where black kids were sitting under the "white" tree at a high school. The black kids were all arrested and charged with high-level crimes that were going to put them away for a long time.
The Jena 6 were six young men involved in schoolyard racism thrown in prison on charges of mayhem and attempted murder. The white students had a noose in the tree. Harris-Perry wonders how lynching is a known thing to high school children in 2006.
"And then it got weirder... We elected a black guy." Onto 2008 and Barack Obama's election to presidency.
In the midst of our having to engage with the structural realities of racism associated with Hurricane Katrina and what Jena 6 represented as the state's view of black youth, a black president was elected.
Harris-Perry points next to Skip Gates in 2009. "No one lives in a more post-racial world than Skip Gates."
Skip Gates has one leg shorter than the other because of a disability. He was called Skip as a child because of the limp he developed as a result and appropriated the name. He is a professor at an American university. He says it is "fascinating racial performance" but not "scary."
He was arrested at Martha's Vineyard because he "looked like he was breaking in."
In response, the President said the police were "acting stupidly." "I was just excited he used an adverb," jokes Harris-Perry.
Harris-Perry uses Troy Davis as 2011's example. Troy Davis was executed in Georgia for the murder of a white police officer.
"We killed Troy Davis, they killed Trayvon Martin without a camera, a boy walking back to his dad's house who got killed for being black and in a hoodie, and in the midst of all that, we reelect the black president," says Harris-Perry.
Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, all innocent black Americans killed by American police in 2014.
"I was so mad," says Harris-Perry when she heard the news about Ferguson.
She points to the outrage she felt when the governor of Missouri tried to quell the Ferguson riots by imposing a curfew. She said "the governor incited a riot right there."
She says that although it is not Confederate America or post-Colonial America, the institutionalized racism is still a problem, despite the fact that we are living in a society that appears to be free from it.
Harris-Perry shows an image of a black slave's back that has been severely scarred from beating.
"When students tell me that being black at Princeton is like being in slavery I show them this picture," she says.