13th NETFLIX of a crime could essentially be returned to bondage. So, unsurprisingly, for communities policed by white people financially injured by emancipation, “crimes” suddenly became more copious and fluidly defined. Each segment flows naturally into the next, painting a stark portrait of the true roots of systemic racism and the criminalization of black skin. FOR THE MOST CLEAR, CONCISE, AND accessible rendering of the straight line that can be drawn between slavery and the lethal knee on George Floyd’s neck, this 2016 Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning Ava DuVernay documentary is a must-watch. Taking its title from the amendment that nominally abolished slavery, the 100-minute film is methodical yet elegant, truly more beautiful than the ugliness of the topic deserves. Through a series of interviews, news clippings, illustrations, and other visual devices, illuminates how a small but devastatingly crucial clause in the amendment meant that many slaves were “freed” into a rigged system. That clause? Any black person duly convicted Watchmen HBO (Available to stream on Netflix) —SARAH RODMAN OSCAR AND EMMY WINNER FURTHER INFO Regina King gives an explosive performance in this Damon Lindelof “remix” of the classic graphic novel. Taking racism and the rise of white supremacy as its focus, the nine-episode series jolts out of the gate with a provocative depiction of the horrific Tulsa massacre of 1921. The action jumps to present day—and then around in time—as cops wear masks to protect their identities from white supremacists, and descendants of racial violence like King’s Det. Angela Abar receive reparations. Unfortunately, that is not a solution, and Angela finds herself fighting the same villains her grandfather did, in a deft depiction of how trauma is passed through generations and shapes the present. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration READ 13th by in the Age of Colorblindness (Lost, The Michelle Alexander; The 1619 Project Leftovers) (nytimes.com) When They See Us WATCH (Netflix); free educational supplement: array101.org (grade 9 and above) (Available on HBO on Demand and HBO Max) —CHANCELLOR AGARD FURTHER INFO The Burning: Massacre, READ Destruction, and the Tulsa Race by Tim Madigan; Riot of 1921 “The Case for Reparations,” We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates WATCH Banished: American Ethnic (Independent Cleansings Lens/PBS) JULY 2020 8 EW ● COM
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