We are living in a time of social unrest due to systemic inequalities placed on ethnicity and skin color. This documentary it provides crucial context to a volatile topic and sheds some light on racism, which is difficult thing for many to grasp especially if you have not experienced it before.
"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."
-Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
One hundred and fifty years ago slavery was abolished in the United States as the 13th amendment was introduced into U.S. Constitution. However, the 13th amendment left a loophole meaning that slavery didn’t really end, it just took a new form.
“13th” argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration in the United States, and with the largest prison population in the world, that’s sounds pretty damn accurate.
For example, crack cocaine is a cheaper form of cocaine that found its way into the poorer neighborhoods of America. The government’s “War of Drugs” punished crack cocaine possession much more harshly than powdered cocaine meaning black people were locked up more often and for longer than their white counterparts.
You need to see this. IMDB rated it 8.4/10.