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Ava DuVernay?s ?13th? Amendment Documentary Packs a Wallop

  • Category: Movies
  • Posted: October 14, 2016

?Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.?

The film?s core message is a simple yet disarming one: That ever since Africans were brought over as slaves they have, in effect, remained slaves to this day. The abolition of slavery was merely replaced by other systems that have kept a whole population enslaved (lynching, Jim Crow ...

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Male, Age Private, Austell, GA

Posted October 14, 2016

Across generations, everyone from scholars to social commentators to activists offer opinions on the subject, and while there is certainly a grab bag of go-to liberals (HENRY LOUIS GATES, Angela Davis, Van Jones), there are a few voices from the other side (such as t Gingrich) presented in an attempt to lend some balance. The best of them might be attorney/author Bryan Stevenson, who sums up the film by noting, ?People say all the time, ?I don?t understand how people could have tolerated slavery.? ?How could people have gone to a lynching and participated in that?? ?How did people make sense of segregation????That?s so crazy! If I were living at that time I would never have tolerated anything like that.? And the truth is, we are living at this time and we are tolerating it.? Observations like that, or a filmic juxtaposition, happen every few moments, and they nearly take one?s breath away.

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