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TOPIC: Everyone Should Watch 13th on Netflix

Everyone Should Watch 13th on Netflix 16 Oct 2016 17:37 #10585

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I recently watched the documentary 13th on Netflix and it was historically amazing, and I believe the most important film of this year. This documentary discusses institutional racism and modern slavery of mass incarceration. Director Ava DuVernay had long been interested in, and studied, the intersection of race and criminal justice issues, and had studied African American history in college, which made her the perfect person to create this film. The title references the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, except for “crime punishment.” Basically this law, and several other political tactics, have made it possible for slavery to evolve into the modern prison industrial complex.

Immediately after slavery ended, the prison system was established and things like convict leasing were practiced; this basically allowed government officials to treat African Americans like slaves by enforcing harsh labor during their prison time. These loophole laws allowed forced labor from the resentful white people that still held strong beliefs against basic human rights for African Americans. The film did a great job showing a variety of tactics that were imposed, and I specifically appreciated the highlight of the sitting Presidents that participated, like Nixon’s “war on drugs” and Clinton’s prison sentence law “three strikes you’re out.” I say this film is extremely important because it confirms that there continues to be a system of oppression that disadvantages minority communities, especially African Americans; and furthermore, the creation of race and racism has caused life-long, generational trauma that continues to affect the lives of people of color.

The film discusses as current issues as the presidential debate of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. It shows disgusting footage of angry white people at a trump rally being violent against black protesters. The most chilling dialogue was from Trump who stated “in the good old days protesters would be carried out on stretchers.” I feel this film was created to make people uncomfortable and aware by abruptly and urgently bringing these issues to the nation’s attention. It is to steer away from the ignorance that racism was “so long ago.”
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Everyone Should Watch 13th on Netflix 16 Oct 2016 18:56 #10590

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Hi Tiffany, I totally love the ideas of the film. I think I saw this when I was scrolling through the most popular section. The ideals and topic of slavery is something I found hard watching, because of the harsh treatments and the violence that was portrayed in the media. Especially in some films I saw in High School, I remember seeing some slaves being beaten to death to the point where the suffering and the cries are so hard to watch. So this film even though I haven't seen it I would most definitely agree with the strong ideas this film portrays as with certain topics such as slavery most times films portrays such topics with emphasis and emotion
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