“The Drug War is a Holocaust Against All Americans”: Danny Glover in Heavy New Documentary
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com
“The House We Live In” is a new documentary about the War on Drugs, a social experiment during which millions of people have been incarcerated for minor and major drug offenses. The sentences have been long and dramatic, and there is no group of people who’ve been hit harder by this initiative than the African American community.
One of the things that we discuss in our Building Oustanding Men and Boys (BOMB) family empowerment series is that we must all confront what the War on Drugs and a distorted criminal justice system has done to the black family in America. Fathers have been taken away from their children, leaving women without husbands and kids with half of the parental guidance and protection that they would have had before. As a result, an entire generation of black youth leave many of us wondering what the future holds for some of these kids. When you’re raised without much of a family structure, it’s hard to create meaningful structure of your own.
In a capitalist and racist society, it’s very easy to see why the prison industrial complex has been allowed to grow unchecked as a result of this war. Companies and individuals make billions of dollars every year as human being are (in the words of this film) “fed into a machine like sausage.” In order to keep the greedy capitalist machine moving, you must keep giving it more fuel. In the case of the prison industrial complex, that fuel consists of human beings. The prison system is the new slavery in America.
“The House We Live In” lays out the War on Drugs and explains how it is destroying America and the black community. As President Obama begins his second term, it is highly suggested that he keep his campaign promise and directly confront both the War on Drugs and associated racial disparities. This epidemic must come to an end, no matter what the cost may be.
You can watch the trailer by following this link.
Dr Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of YourBlackWorld.net. He also stars in the Janks Morton film, “Hoodwinked,” with Steve Perry, Marc Lamont Hill and Jawanza Kunjufu. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.
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