Documentary of the Week

13th @ Netflix

Destiny S. Harris
1 min readJun 23, 2020


“In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.”

Quotables: One of my favorite sayings from this documentary discusses how systemic racism is like cancer. Permutations continue to form to ensure racism — and essentially slavery — stay alive due to capitalistic and white supremacist reasons. Blacks in America were to remain and always be second-class citizens.

Example of the constant evolution of slavery and racism for minorities — specifically black individuals: Slavery → convict leasing → disproportionate mass incarceration of minorities for minor offenses → GPS monitoring, house arrest, ankle/wrist monitors

Fact: The most intriguing fact I learned from this documentary is that ~97% of the prison population has never had a trial, which means they have not received their fundamental rights.

Uncomfortable Truth: A truth many of us do not want to face: rich criminals are rewarded with freedom, and poor “criminals” are punished with captivity.

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