#NonFicNov Documentary – Nonfiction Book Pairing
Documentary – Nonfiction Book
- I have decided to read/watch the book and documentary pairing suggestions that
- …I found on on Rebekah’s the blog She Seeks Nonfiction
- Rebekah has made some amazing pairings that we all should read/watch
- …just to make sure we are informed what is happening in this world
- …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
- This book was on my bookshelf for a few years.
- But the cover was so confronting…I kept putting off reading this book.
- Then the tragedy on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis….happened.
- On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man,
- …was murdered in the U.S. city of Minneapolis
- …by Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white police officer.
- We all saw the video images…still haunting.
- As I listened to many experts discussing this crisis…
- David Simon was interviewed.
- A Former Baltimore Sun crime reporter, David Simon is is also
- …the creator of both the Baltimore-based show, The Wire (2002).
- Simon was asked:
- What is the first thing US must do to start improving the systemic racism in USA.?
- He was the ONLY person who mentioned: “Stop the war on drugs”.
- That was the trigger to finally learn more about this strategy.
- This is the emergence of a new caste system—a system of social excommunication
- that has denied millions of African Americans basic human dignity.
- “The New Jim Crow” is an eye-opener….#MustRead.