My reaction to this Netflix Original documentary is simply WOW! For a Black person, it’s truly depressing but it’s history and it is what it is. This is the kind of information everyone should know. Maybe it can make some kind of a difference regarding the race issues in America. No matter what character or category of person you might fall into, criminal, bad or compassionate, I don’t see how anyone could go along with the stinking thinking outlined in this film. 13th is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay’s, documentary opens with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world, who are incarcerated, are incarcerated in the United States and argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated in the US through mass incarceration. 13th features several prominent activists, politicians, and public figures such as, Angela Davis, Bryan Stevenson, Van Jones, Newt Gingrich, Cory Booker, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and many others. It’s been said that one of the most compelling defenses behind this documentary is that it’s not opinionated or accusatory, it only presents the facts that are non disputable. Racism, Slavery, the 13th Amendment, Jim Crow, ALEC, Republicans, The South, Political Leaders and Organizations, Militants, Murder and The Privatization of the Prison System are all featured. 13th has garnered acclaim from film critics everywhere, as a major historian contribution that should not be ignored.
13th is directed by Ava DuVernay who also wrote and produced it along with Spencer Averick. Living with and and knowing a lot of the facts in 13th didn’t make it any less disturbing to see put together in 13th. I feel the issue of racism will never be resolved. It’s bigger than anything we face and it’s truly a problem that’s eventually going to be our demise. See it for yourself and form your own opinion. 13th is currently streaming on Netflix.
[13th is nominated for Best Documentary Feature]