The historical roots of African American oppression run deep, as Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th reveals. The film looks back to the ratification of Amendment XIII, which states, “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.” DuVernay argues that a prison-industrial complex which statistically imprisons black men disproportionately and allows for their disciplinary servitude, has taken advantage of America’s black population and brings into question if this system ultimately acts as a form of modern day slavery.
Facilitated by Roderick “Rudy” Bankston, we’ll meet virtually to view and discuss the film 13th. Over three, 1½ hour sessions, we’ll reflect on the legacy of slavery, the politics of mass incarceration, the representation of African Americans, and the stigma of being Black.
Register early, limited space available.