13th: Slavery Then and Now | Ear Hustle, a must hear podcast

 

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

https://play.prx.org/e?uf=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds.earhustlesq.com%2Fearhustlesq&ge=prx_59_da2cf284-4b20-4a81-8fee-5d68461a5c11&gs=_blank&sp=10 

2 Replies to “13th: Slavery Then and Now | Ear Hustle, a must hear podcast”

  1. The prisons in the UK house just over 1% of the whole population, with less than 90,000 currently serving time. Men outnumber women by 22 to 1, and 10% of the male prisoners are men who had formerly been serving in the armed forces.
    American prisons are generally assumed to be much tougher than those here, and sentences given out for serious crime are usually much longer.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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