published: 3 February 2017
Today, there are more African-Americans incarcerated than were enslaved in the 1800s. The causes and enablers of this societal epidemic of mass incarceration are deeply rooted in systems of corporatization and consumerism.
The widespread privatization of prisons has resulted in the manipulation of policy and lawmaking by private organizations that lobby Congress for the benefit of corporate sponsors. The scale and persistence of the issue speak to the relentless pursuit of human commodification for profit.
The acclaimed documentary “13th,” directed and produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, unapologetically dives into the twisted systemic issue of mass incarceration and race.
The film premiered on Netflix on Oct. 7, 2016, during the presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, before the majority of African-Americans voted for Clinton in the 2016 election.