20 Replies to “Thursday, April 4 – Write one thing that you thought was interesting about today’s film and/or panel discussion”

  1. In the beginning of the documentary it was said “United States has the most incarcerated people, with that number over 2 million”. Also in the short clip it was starting to get into Regans “War on Drugs”, and saying how that got a lot of people in jail.

    1. One thing that I thought was interesting was how the United States have the highest rate of mass incarceration from the 1900’s to the early-mid 2000’s. Also apart of that mass incarceration rate, black people are the highest incarcerated.

  2. In the beginning of the documentary it was said that “United States has the most number of people incarcerated, with that number being over 2 million”. I’m the short clip it as also talking about how Regans “War on Drugs” got a lot of people in jail.

  3. The film provided insight and information into the period of civil war to modern day. This includes relevance to the current prison system, which became a for-profit or private system.

  4. I can’t simply just write one thing I found I interesting because I was completely mind blown when watching the movie. The movie is very sad, I was pretty emotional when watching it. I learned about slavery, Jim Crow law, segregation, etc. although I did not learn about it all in depth like the movie showed. One thing the movie said that caught my attention was something along the lines of, “black people didn’t move to the north for a better life they moved north because they were seeking refuge from terror”. This really caught my attention because like I’ve said previously, every skin color, nationality has once been a refugee.

  5. I found the 13th amendment interesting. Because I didn’t know that it said slavery was illegal unless you were a criminal. And that the south used this as a loophole to keep slaves.

  6. What I found interesting about this film was that it was relatable to what I see today. Mass incarceration has a been a systematically convention made to imprison black people after not having the right to control their lives “legally” after the 13th amendment was passed.

  7. Under the presidency of Ronald reagan black people were targeted under the “war on drugs” as a way to knowingly get them incarcerated

  8. They mentioned that the 13th amendment says that slavery and involuntary servitude is abolished unless it’s punishment for a crime. This tells us that slavery still exist within the system. It’s crazy to think even after about 200 years this still exist. The law made a loophole to it so that the system still has control over African Americans and it continues to oppress African Americans through the criminal justice system.

  9. Watching the film for the second time helps me understand it better and makes me see certain things I might not have noticed before. What I enjoyed and liked about this film was how theirs people in the film that discuss more in depth of the 13th amendment and also how they discuss about the issues going on during this century. Made me learn more about the 13th amendment and it’s history of how it was established due to the Civil Rights War. Another thing I liked about this film is that they included images and clips from another film called “the birth of a nation” that was published in 1915. To me this was a great experience to know more about history and it’s background which I am grateful to have a chance to have done this in campus, thank you for this experience!

  10. What I thought was interesting about todays short film, was how people can treat people in such a manner. If people were leaning towards a space of peace and respect, todays society would have been more evolved and prosperous. Also as the 13th amendment abolished slavery but allows slavery to portrude as long as it is a form of retribution. Acknowledging this, as long as they lock you up for whatever specific crime you can or will be used for slave labor.

  11. “ How did the 13 th amendment both “ end” slavery and also allow for its constitution? After the civil rights movement, the 13th amendment was passed by law that black people got equal rights with white people except the criminal ones. But in reality, white supremacy and racial violence were still prevailing at that time. They were threatened by violence and discrimination. Even today, it still exists in the criminal justice.

  12. One thing that I found interesting about the film was that President Nixon was on board for there is a war on drugs which led to higher incarceration rates for African Americans. It may have seemed like a great idea for him but it meant that many blacks caught with less dangerous drugs to be unfairly judged.

  13. After the abolishment of slavery, politicians and law enforcement implement and excise policies that disproportionately incarcerating African-Americans. People of color are more likely to be put behind bars for minor, non-violence crime, possession of marijuana, etc. This is interesting since New York state is working on the legalization of marijuana and the criminal justice reform in order to create “a stronger, fairer, and more just system for all New Yorkers.” This reform includes: supplying incarcerated individuals with greater educational opportunities; creating the Community Re-Entry and Reintegration Council, which we discussed during the panel discussion

  14. Professor L. TURNER

    THE FILM I WATCHED TODAY LOOKED BACK AT THE RATIFICATION OF THE 13TH AMENDMENT. I AM IN SHOCK DUE TO THE FACT THE A LOT OF THE STUDENT WHO VIEW THE VIDEO AND PARTICIPATE DID NOT HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE PART OF THE 13 AMENDMEMT THAT STATES AND APPROVED SLAVERY AND SERVITIDE AS PART OF A PUNISHME.T FOR A CRIME WHEN THE PEROSN HAS BEEN FULLY CONVICTED. I WAS NOT AWARE MYSELF OF SUCH IT Injustice AND HOW THEY HAVE CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN SLAVERY IN OUR MODERN DAYS WITH THIS AMENDMENT. I ALSO LEARNED BRIEFLY ABOUT THE GERMAN COUNTRY PRISON SYSTEM.

  15. I find it interesting how the United States after the civil war portrayed the african americans as criminals so the government could incarcerate them. Slavery was replaced by mass incarceration.

  16. The African Americans have been fighting for equality for a long period of time. I’m happy that we have Black Live Matter movement it helped spread the words that we need equal rights.

  17. According to the movie I could realize the amount of violence and racism that the white had against the African American. The black people were not seeing as a human. The people with color were equal to animal in the eye of the white. When I saw a white women who preferred to kill herself rather than be rapt by a black man is a reflection of the image that the white want to give to the black, also the amount of hate that the white have against the people with color. The KKK organization was conducting their violent movement against the black. From 1867 onward, African-American participation in public life in the South became one of the most radical aspects of Reconstruction, as blacks won election to southern state governments and even to the U.S. Congress. For its part, the Ku Klux Klan dedicated itself to an underground campaign of violence against Republican leaders and voters (both black and white)
    By 1870, the Ku Klux Klan had branches in nearly every southern state. Even at its height, the Klan did not boast a well-organized structure or clear leadership. Local Klan members–often wearing masks and dressed in the organization’s signature long white robes and hoods–usually carried out their attacks at night, acting on their own but in support of the common goals of defeating Radical Reconstruction and restoring white supremacy in the South. Klan activity flourished particularly in the regions of the South where blacks were a minority or a small majority of the population, and was relatively limited in others. The KKK could kill a lot of African American. It became a habit to see every morning to see a death black body on the street. The KKK organization consider their crime as normal because they have to protect the white supremacy.

  18. The documentary was very interesting to watch but what was really informative to me was the fact that the justice system used the war on drugs as an opportunity to not only incarcerate more African American/ Hispanics but used it as a tool to discriminate on communities of color and those living in poverty.

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