[Marxism] Fwd: The 13th; The Birth of a Nation | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Oct 1 15:14:17 MDT 2016

While likely scheduled for distribution independently of each other, the 
pending release of “Birth of a Nation” and the selection of Ava 
DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” for last night’s opening of the New 
York Film Festival practically amount to joint appearances. The first is 
a narrative film written, directed by and starring Nate Parker as Nat 
Turner, the leader of an 1831 slave rebellion, that opens everywhere on 
October 7th, the same day that DuVernay’s documentary about the 
prison-industrial complex is released to Netflix.

Put succinctly, these are two films that must be seen as complements to 
each other. In explaining why forms of slavery linger on to this day, 
DuVernay's film starts with the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery 
and that was the centerpiece of Stephen Spielberg’s vastly overrated 
“Lincoln”. If you read the fine print of the amendment, you will see 
that it stipulates: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except 
as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly 
convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to 
their jurisdiction.” It is that “except as a punishment for crime” that 
is key to understanding how the phenomenon of what author Douglas 
Blackmon called “Slavery by Another Name” continues to this day.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2016/10/01/the-13th-the-birth-of-a-nation/

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