13th

13th-poster

The first frames of 13th, a Netflix documentary from Selma’s Ava DuVernay, present four matters of fact.  The fact that the US contains 5% of the world’s population.  The fact that the US contains 25% of the world’s incarcerated population.  The fact that African Americans make up 14% of the US population.  And finally, the fact that African Americans make up 40% of the US incarcerated population.  DuVernay uses the rest of this fast moving, 100-minute doc to examine exactly how those extremely lopsided and ludicrous percentages came to be, starting with the adoption of the 13th Amendment in 1865, ending with this year’s shitshow election, and the 150 years of steps forward and steps backward in between.  Specifically in terms of the election, both candidates take some well-deserved hits.  The Clintons are admonished for their very direct involvement in discriminatory mass incarceration tactics during the 90’s.  As for Trump…well…he doesn’t come off great to say the least.  Tier 2 – Runner Up

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