Netflix Watch Party and Conversation: 13th

By Wilson Commons Student Activities

Thursday, June 4, 2020 8:00pm to 10:00pm

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Join the Zoom at 8 p.m. EDT. We will go over campus resources and links for information and donations, and then drop the link to the Netflix party on the Zoom.

Watch the movie on Netflix Party, and then reconvene on the Zoom link for some discussion and debrief. Cosponsored by the Office of Residential Life.

13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.

DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weigh more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, discussing how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.

Stop by the Wilson Commons porch anytime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, to grab a bag of popcorn to snack on during the movie.

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