This is an 800-1000 word reaction paper (double-spaced, 0 pt spacing before and after, no header, 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins) in response to:
(1) Ava Duvernay’s documentary,”13th,” and this interview with Angela Davis Prison Industrial Complex_Angela Davis.pdf (file included)
(2) Eugene Jarecki’s documentary, “The House I Live In,” and this reading from the Vitale book Vitale_The End of Policing_The War on Drugs.pdf (file included)
You are to watch both documentaries on your own (in lieu of class being canceled on Thursday, November 14). “The House I Live In” is available to rent for $1.99 on Amazon (and free to stream on Amazon Prime). The DVD is also available at the library and I’ve asked them to put it on reserve. You will need access to Netflix to watch “13th.” If you do not have access to Netflix, you can sign up for a one month free trial, watch the documentary, and then cancel your account to avoid getting charged.
You should write about 400-500 words for “The House I Live In” and the Vitale chapter and about 400-500 words for “13th” and the Angela Davis article. If you would like to talk about the issues raised by each source together or discuss them separately, either way is fine. I want you to write about what you think of the issues raised by the documentaries and the readings (again, do not summarize either source – the assignment should be your opinions and reactions to the issues and comparisons drawn). You do not have to address all of these points, but I have provided a list below of points you can focus on if it helps:
Part I: Ava Duvernay’s 13th and Interview with Angela Davis – the prison-industrial complex; the Thirteenth Amendment; the relationship between slavery and imprisonment; the chain from slavery to Black Codes to modern mass incarceration; the relationship between race and mass incarceration.
Part II: The House I Live In- the War on Drugs and mass incarceration; the War on Drugs as a “Holocaust in slow motion;” the criminalization of drugs to target people of color and the poor; Racism in the criminal justice system; the issues of civil forfeiture (for additional information, Last Week Tonight also did a special on the subject: