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United States Hypocrisy

A couple of years back I wrote the following regarding the documentary titled The House I Live In:

In the same way that Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of color-blindness, has proven to be a catalyst in the movement to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex, The House I Live In has the potential to do the same on an even larger scale.

Those words should have been reserved instead for Ava DuVernay’s latest documentary film ‘13th’, which premiered on October 7 and is currently showing on Netflix. DuVernay’s film is already the most watched documentary on Netflix this year, and one need only watch the trailer to see why it’s receiving so much praise:

In the film DuVernay draws a direct connection from the era of chattel slavery to the modern-day system of mass incarceration in the United…

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