On this Mama Bear Mini episode, co-hosts Tesi and Leslie talk about Ava DuVernay's powerful 2016 documentary 13TH. The two believe everyone should view this thought-provoking, truth-telling, shocking and important film and do their best to encourage listeners to acknowledge its premise: that mass incarceration is modern-day American slavery. Leslie and Tesi discuss highlights of the documentary and emphatically debrief with one another about what they learned. The episode begins with bringing the listener up to speed on the 13th amendment and the moments throughout history (recent history included) that have led to where we land today, in a country that holds 5 percent of the world's population and one-quarter of the world's prisoners, the majority of whom are men of color. The sisters then list a few takeaways that they hope will stick with them (and with listeners) in the coming weeks and months so as not to forget the scope of the problem of mass incarceration and the privatization of prisons that society faces. They end the podcast with a series of suggested responses, encouraging listeners to not only watch the documentary themselves but then be brave in their response. Listen in and join the conversation online!
Start your reading with the following:
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
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