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Kalief Browder spent three years on Riker's Island, a maximum security prison, for a crime he did not commit. Photo courtesy of Spike TV
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In light of the latest civil rights protests taking over not only the United States, but the entire world, Netflix has released a Black Lives Matter collection of films, TV shows and documentaries exemplifying important figures, crucial information, criminal justice system corruption and black filmmakers and actors.

Here are some important documentaries and series that educate on the racial injustice and corruption within the criminal justice system:

13th (2016)

 

“13th” explores the evolution of systemic racism within the United States from slavery, to Jim Crow laws to mass incarceration. Beautifully executed by director, Ava DuVernay, the documentary displays compelling visuals and statistics regarding the rising prison rates.

It argues that with the 13th Amendment’s abolition of slavery, declaring all people free unless found guilty of criminal actions, bore the earliest acts of racism within the criminal justice system with incarcerating as many Black people as possible.

The documentary discusses important civil rights leaders and timelines along with various political acts such as the war on drugs, which heavily targets minority communities. Some of its most gripping scenes come with side-by-side videos from the Jim Crow era in comparison with the horrifyingly similar clips taken in recent years.

If you are looking for something filled with educational information regarding the racial disparity in the prison system and the earliest ideals on which it was based, “13th” will not disappoint.

 

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (2020)

What are your plans for spring break?

By Kristoffer Fernandes

Communication Studies

Junior

Kelsey Meyer

“I’m just gonna be working pretty much everyday because my work schedule is built around my school schedule so when I’m not at school I try to work as much as I can. I think I prefer to stay at home then go on vacation, and plus I’m making money instead of spending it which is always fun.”

Communication & Media Arts

Freshman

Sydney Williams

“It’s only a week long so plans are to hang out with my mom because I haven’t seen her in awhile. Go shopping with my mom and eat good food because I want to take a break from Sam’s and like chill. I don’t really have set plans because there’s not much time to go somewhere or do much.”

Computer Science

Junior

Michael Aquilino

“It’s been a pretty tough semester so far, so I’m gonna try to find time to relax and see people I don’t usually see. I’ve been looking for an internship this semester so I can be more prepared when I graduate because I’m supposed to be graduating next semester. So over spring break I have projects to work on.”

Dance

Junior

Camille Blue

“For this spring break I will be working. I own a small business “Twisted by Camille”. I took the advantage of having this long break to work on my brand, work on my business, and gain some more clientele. Instead of spending money and going away, I’m deciding to stay here and save money.”