13th

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13th

“13th” is a great documentary by Ava DuVernay about the criminal justice system. The Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery “except as a punishment for crime.” DuVernay makes the point that in the US, mass incarceration is a continuation of slavery and a horrible reflection of who we are. The prison population has grown from 350k in 1970 to over 2 million today, and 1/3 of that population is black. The film is a chronicle of racism and reminded me of the brilliant book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” in which Isabel Wilkerson provides a detailed history of the culture and laws, like “convict leasing,” blacks faced in a post Civil War South, desperate for cheap labor. This is a crisis on so many levels, particularly a spiritual and moral one, as our justice system has acted as a vehicle for racism. The mass incarceration problem is a consequence of inequality and unfair legislation, government policy and societal structures, centuries in the making. “13th” is easily available on Netflix. Please watch this film.

Nicole Charbonnet

 

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2 Responses to “13th”

  1. Knowing what a great reader you are, if you enjoyed this movie you have to read Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. He was a prominent narrator in the movie and you will be forever moved by the book.

  2. will do! thanks for recommendation.

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