The 13th Exception: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.
Join the Student Affairs Committee and Domestic Policy Corps for a special screening of director Ava DuVernay's critically-acclaimed documentary film, 13th, followed by a presentation and Q&A with Hazelette Crosby-Robinson and Mary King.
From the Washington Post:
"Named for the 13th Amendment, which declared slavery illegal except as a punishment for criminality, DuVernay’s film expertly threads the audience through the myriad ways that loophole has been used to control, suppress and decimate communities of color: through mass arrests and imprisonment after the Civil War (when black men’s free labor was used to help rebuild a ravaged South); through the criminalization of activism during the civil rights era; and through draconian law-and-order policies that started with the Nixon administration and continued through the Clinton and Bush years. As the film argues, politicians and a compliant media have stoked and exploited an irrational fear of African Americans — especially young African American men — initially to secure white votes, and more recently to feed a profit-driven private prison system."
Sponsored by the Student Affairs Committee and the Domestic Policy Corps