Review: 13th

One night I couldn’t sleep. So, I turned on the light and the tv and went to my Netflix page and looked for something to watch. I came upon this documentary called “13th”.

“13th” referring to the 13th amendment to the constitution is a new documentary produced by Ava DuVernay, Howard Barish, and Spencer Averick. Directed by DuVernay, it was released for cable distribution worldwide on Oct 7, 2016. Currently it can be seen on Netflix.

Slickly produced and filmed, you can tell by the meticulous way the filmmakers cut and pasted comments, photos and videos to make their argument. Our prison system is a political tool to incarcerate most if not all black people because most, if not all white people do not want them in their society. Not only that but our white “prison industrial complex” is making a profit on it.

During the approximate 100 minutes on the screen you are treated to an accusation that the American justice system, specifically the prison system, is designed on racist tendencies, by white people, who make all the rules and work toward putting all black people behind bars.

The 20th century Marxist echoes from the commentary suggests that since the 1990s, prisons are becoming more and more privately owned and the companies that run these institutions have a vested capitalist interest in increasing the population. And, of course, there is a conspiracy drawn between these powerful entities and the court system which works right along with them to convict poor “innocent” black people, and therefore increasing profits and systematically removing African Americans from American society

Nowhere is there mentioned throughout the film that breaking laws has consequences and malcontents who do so have to be removed from society, for society’s safety. They propose no alternative to the prison system as it currently stands.

No one disputes that the jails are overcrowded. But, that is because the very same whining socialized left wing thinking that speaks out in this film wastes hard earned tax dollars on frivolous and ridiculous notions like building high speed trains where none are needed, increasing government pensions for public workers to the point where they become millionaires upon retirement, and remodeling public bathrooms to suit their latest cause celeb, genderless facilities. We need to build more prisons but we don’t have the money.

California is an interesting example of the left wing in the film and their solutions to this overcrowding do to white racism. In 2014 the county of Los Angeles passed prop 47 which reduced the number of “non-violent” criminals from the county jails. In conjunction with AB 109, signed into law by Jerry Brown in 2011 essentially did the same thing for the State. Criminals that used to get three to five years for possession of a hand gun with intent to commit a crime are now back on the streets within twenty four hours. Crime has increased at exponential rates since their passage, most of it in the communities that the Left claims they want to help the most.

Names like Marc Lamont Hill, Angela Davis, and Van Jones lead the talking head list that shows one more time how we have wronged our black community in this country. 150 years of freedom and African Americans still complain through leftists like these they have not been given a fair shot. Welfare, quota systems and affirmative action since the 1960s are apparently not enough. Now the rest of the American population no matter what color we are, including hard working regular American blacks must pay for the treatment of black criminals.

The reason for the rise in black crime is not racism. It is the further expansion of fatherless homes in the black community. The breakdown of the nuclear family in the black community is a direct result of the welfare system that pays more money for additional children and for broken homes. A system put in place by “the great society” agenda of Lyndon Johnson back in the 1960s.

Of course, the left tries to dismiss black fathers not at home as a myth. But if that is true then some other reason must be the answer for black crime. Is it because they aren’t white or just not part of the lily white, plain white bread American society?

The left is then baffled when given following scenario.

How come there are proportionally infinitesimal numbers of Asians, Jews  and Indians in prisons? Why is that? Are those nonwhite groups given special privilege in our society? Are they getting something that black people aren’t? How do they manage to keep themselves out of jail?

What pains me the most about a presentation like this is that I am very sure that all of the speakers, the producers, the directors, and the rest of those connected with the production would brand me a racist plain and simple. I have no doubt about that. I, like most white people am not a racist but do support law and order over chaos.

I love black culture and its contribution to the American scene. I can’t imagine life in this country without that influence. Taking away music, sports, cuisine and everything else they have contributed to American culture would inevitably leave us a lessor people. It just would not be the same without them.

You want to be treated with dignity? Act dignified and I will treat you with the dignity you deserve. If you rob old ladies for their purses, open fire on some dudes in the hood and kill a couple of innocent kids because you can’t shoot straight, or attack a police officer whose only purpose for talking to you is to get you out of the street and walk on the sidewalk then you will not receive dignity from me.

If you are anything to the right of Howard Zinn you will be appalled and disgusted that such an accusation like “13th” could be made against the freest and the least racist heterogeneous country in the history of mankind.

And, by the way this production was translated into about ten different languages so the rest of the world, most who know nothing about the United States can see how awful a society that we have built here.

Excuse me while I go throw up.

About the Author
Larry Hart has been writing and commenting on Jewish issues since 1985. His body is in the U.S., but his heart is in Israel.