As the film begins, we hear former President Barack Obama asking us to look at a telling statistic: that the United States is home to “5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Think about that.” When you do, it’s a boggling number: 1 in 4 of the total people behind bars in the world are behind bars in the U.S. How that immense imbalance has come to pass, and how it is bound up in our national history and future, is the horrifying stuff that DuVernay refuses to ignore.
Source: Cinemadope: Slavery Then and Now
I don’t know about you but I do think about the prison complex and culture in the USA. How do these many (mostly non-white) men and women survive their prison terms.
I am hooked on this podcast about Incarceration in San Quentin: EarHustle