The worrying link between African-American chattel slavery and mass incarceration is explored in ‘13th‘, an eye and mind opening new documentary by Ava Duvernay.
Now available to watch on Netflix, the project scratches beyond the surface level slavery narrative often presented in the school system to expose the government’s ties a system which enslaved African-Americans after slavery was abolished in 1865.
Even more frightening is how this system is still in place…today.
People don’t know about this…history. They don’t know how we’ve gotten to this moment where people have to actually protest and be in the streets and say, ‘My life matters.’ My hope is that you see this and we start to change as people, we start to think twice about how we treat each other.
I cried a lot making this. It was emotionally exhausting. It was really, really challenging to do, but they must be done.