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The Documentary 13th

The Documentary 13th

Analyse how the Documentary Portrays the Influence of the Media and Technology

The documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay, explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, with a specific focus on the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. The film examines how the amendment has been interpreted and applied over time, and how it has been used to justify the mass incarceration of Black Americans.

One of the key themes in the documentary is the role of media and technology in shaping public perception and understanding of issues related to race and criminal justice. The film argues that media representations of Black people have been used to justify discrimination and violence, and that technology has been used to surveil, control, and punish Black communities.

For example, the documentary shows how images of Black people as criminals and violent have been used to justify discriminatory policies and practices, such as the War on Drugs, which disproportionately targeted Black communities. The film also explores how technology, such as surveillance cameras, has been used to monitor and control Black people, and how the criminal justice system has used technology to collect data on and track Black Americans.

Overall, the documentary 13th portrays the influence of media and technology as a powerful tool for shaping public perception and understanding of racial issues, and how it can be used to justify discrimination and violence against marginalized communities, specifically black Americans.

Explain in Which Sense the 13th Amendment Had a Loophole

Slavery could be use as a punishment for crime.

Because it has been used as a way to exploit and control Black Americans since the end of slavery, by using the criminal justice system to disproportionately target them and then using them as cheap labor for private corporations through mass incarceration.

Explain how Forced Labor is an Integral part of the Economic Systme in the US according to the Documentary

The documentary argues that the prison-industrial complex has played a key role in the development of the U.S. economy by providing a source of cheap labor and creating a market for the products and services that are produced by prisoners.

Explain the Statement that We Live in an Era of Mass in Incarceration

Many mostly black people got arrested for minor crimes (low level offensive (drug abuse)) so they could be used for forced labor as cheep workers.

Explain what is Meant by the “mythology of Black criminology”

Explain the Significance of the Movie Birth of a Nation

Explain the Political Significance of the terms “war on drugs”, “law and order” and “super predator”