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13th

13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay, provides an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

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The New Jim Crow

Jim Crow laws were wiped off the books decades ago, but today an extraordinary percentage of the African American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped in a parallel social universe, denied basic civil and human rights. In her bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, legal scholar Michelle Alexander shows that, by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. (Source: newjimcrow.com)

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Kara Walker


Kara Walker: Untitled, 1994
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Fresh out of graduate school, Kara Walker succeeded in shocking the nearly shock-proof art world of the 1990s with her wall-sized cut paper silhouettes. At first, the figures in period costume seem to hearken back to an earlier, simpler time. That is, until we notice the horrifying content: nightmarish vignettes illustrating the history of the American South. (Source: The Art Story)

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