1. Please watch the following video: https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8 2. after havin

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1. Please watch the following video: https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8
2. after having seen the documentary, answer Reflection Questions nos. 2,3,4 and 5. Your answers (short paragraphs) to the listed questions should be about 50-60 words long, or some 200-240 words in TOTAL.
Question 2: This document emphasizes that the current crisis of mass incarceration is directly tied to our countrys legacy and history of slavery. By showing how slavery shifted to convict leasing, to Jim Crows segregation, to the war on drugs, 13th argues that “systems of oppression are durable and they often reinvent themselves.” As Angela Davis stated in the film, Historically, when one looks at efforts to create reforms, they inevitably lead to more repression.” What are ways you can end this cycle? What do you think are some of the factors that allowed this system of racial control to simply evolve and replicate itself for the past 150 years? How can you be more vigilant against institutional racism?
Question 3: How does 13th characterize our criminal justice system and political institutions? How did this film shape your understanding of the prison system? Was there a particular case or series of facts that altered or challenged any of your pre existing views? Explain.
Question 4: How much did you know about the war on drugs and war on crime before watching the film? Were you surprised to learn about the racial underpinnings of these legislative policies, and the active role of the state in criminalizing and targeting communities of color? What was your reaction after hearing the following quote from John Ehrlichman, one of Richard Nixons aides? “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Question 5: How do you think media and popular culture representations of Black Americans, particularly of black men, have contributed to a dangerous climate of white fear and anxiety? ( Think back to the way George Zimmerman was heard describing Trayvon Martin, or the media frenzy around the central park five that resulted in their wrongful imprisonment?) How can we challenge these instances of racism and dehumanization?

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