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November 14, 2022


#NonFicNov Documentary – Nonfiction Book Pairing

by NancyElin


Documentary – Nonfiction Book

  1. I have decided to read/watch the book and documentary pairing suggestions that
  2. …I found on on Rebekah’s  the blog She Seeks Nonfiction 
  3. Rebekah has made some amazing pairings that we all should read/watch
  4. …just to make sure we are informed what is happening in this world
  5. …outside our respective bubbles


The 13th (IMDB: 8,2)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander – READ (2020)

Movie: (2016) – An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. Director: Ava DuVernay Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary 2017 – WATCHED (2022)

Impressive: Scenes from movie “Birth of a Nation” (1915) – I’d never seen this before…just awful to think this was acceptable open terrorism! Later this terrorism was moved into the Jim Crow laws. 

Impressive: seeing the news film segments in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s (civil rights, MLK, Regan, Nixon’s war on drugs, LBJ, Angela Davis and several iconic news anchors – Cronkite, Reasoner, Brinkley, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw)

Conclusion: After watching this documentary I learned  how the USA approves legislation that is very beneficial to corporations and the prison industrial complexes. OMG…it was so hard to watch the injustice towards blacks and latinos in the prison system and the killings of young people (see Google)  Freddy Gray, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery  just to mention a few…in America. Don’t look away…read this book and watch  Ava DuVernay’s Oscar nominated documentary from 2017



  1. This book was on my bookshelf for a few years.
  2. But the cover was so confronting…I kept putting off reading this book.
  3. Then the tragedy on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis….happened.
  4. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man,
  5. …was murdered in the U.S. city of Minneapolis
  6. …by Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white police officer.
  7. We all saw the video images…still haunting.


  1. As I listened to many experts discussing this crisis…
  2. David Simon was interviewed.
  3. A Former Baltimore Sun crime reporter, David Simon is is also
  4. …the creator of both the Baltimore-based show, The Wire (2002).
  5. Simon was asked:
  6. What is the first thing US must do to start improving the systemic racism in USA.?
  7. He was the ONLY person who mentioned: “Stop the war on drugs”.


  1. That was the trigger to finally learn more about this strategy.
  2. This is the emergence of a new caste system—a system of social excommunication
  3. that has denied millions of African Americans basic human dignity.
  4. “The New Jim Crow” is an eye-opener….#MustRead.
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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 14 2022

    Fascinating pairing Nancy … I enjoyed reading it.

    • Nov 14 2022

      Sue, I watched the documentary last night and since I’ve lived through the news in since the 1960s (10 yrs old when TV news started to become part of me i.e. election of JFK) …it was a remarkable flashback. Policies that were lauded as enlightening: Nixon’s War on drugs…this was what Republicans used to incarcerate as many blacks as they could…and admitted to it (see Google Lee Atwater political advisor. Once you’ve been in prison charged with a felon you CANNOT vote anymore! …hmm voter suppression? To this day 30% of the black males in Alabama cannot vote. 1994 Crime Act by Clinton …for which he apologised for in 2000s. It was incredible to watch what Ava DuVernay has accomplished with her film. I must see more of her work! Thank so much for you comment.

      • Nov 14 2022

        You are a similar age to me then, as JFK was one of my first real memories of the news even though I was Australian. I was 8 when he was elected, so remember more the assassination!

      • Nov 14 2022

        oops, and yes, meant to comment on voter suppression. We really had no idea about active and indirect suppression until the last election. We knew about how hard it was for some to vote but not about suppression.

  2. Nov 15 2022

    I’ve seen that documentary but have not read the book you mention.

    • Nov 15 2022

      Book is a really good read….worth your reading time!

  3. Nov 15 2022

    This is such an interesting pairing and such an important documentary. I would love to suggest We Do This ‘Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba to pair with your selections as well. It really opened my eyes to the prison issue and the need for systemic change.

    • Nov 15 2022

      Thanks so much for you comment and suggestion.
      I will try to find more info about Mariame Kaba


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