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Slavery, Incarceration & Racism: 14 Disturbing Connections Examined In Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-Nominated ’13th’ Documentary

ESSENCE Festival 2017 speaker Ava DuVernay sheds light on a disturbing clause in the 13th amendment that has succeeded in criminalizing Black communities for decades.

2017 ESSENCE Festival Speaker Ava DuVernay's powerful Netflix documentary, 13th, sheds light on an inhumane clause in the 13th amendment of the United States constitution that essentially legalizes slavery through criminalization. Narrated by a diverse group of activists, lawmakers and social influencers, the film places a particular focus on the detrimental effects that the clause has had on the Black community, as well as how U.S. coroporations and multiple government administrations have had a hand in keeping the irrevocably damaging criminalization cycle alive in Black communities for decades.

Here are 14 eye-opening facts the documentary examines.