I finally got around to watching 13th on Netflix and I thought it was quite amazing. Had some political leanings and some bias, but what documentary won’t? For the intent of it, I thought it was pretty objective as a whole and really spelled out some connections I’ve had suspicions about for a while. DeVurnay and I have our differences, but she done good this time around. The prison industrial complex and the mistreatment of POCs by law enforcement stem from a centuries-old yet deep-seeded narrative, both racial and class based. As such, I’m going to share a poem I wrote during the height of the Chris Dorner controversy and media frenzy in 2013. I certainly don’t condone what he did, but I understand wholeheartedly why he chose to do what he did.
When people are treated like animals; when they’re dehumanized; when they’re disenfranchised; when people are swept under the rug of poverty, poor choices, and military monitoring; when they’ve come to a place where civility and discourse falls upon deaf ears; when explicit displays of disparity and the need for help is conveyed to blind eyes….The last resort is to make their oppressors feel. Something seen as ugly to the apathetic will come out from under that rug and bite; often times it is the last breath in a series actions. Man, I feel more Black than usual. This is awesome. Also didn’t realize Angela Davis is still alive and kicking ass. That too is awesome as fuck.