In week 3, you viewed the first twenty minutes of the film 13th on Netflix.
For this assignment, watch the remainder of this film--- 13th (available on Netflix) and complete reflection questions.
Write a 250-350 word response to these questions:
i. Did the film change your mind about any aspect of the subject that it presents? If it did, what information, argument or persuasive technique caused you to change your mind? If it did not, explain why.
ii. In 13th, they mention that John Ehrlichman, counsel and Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs under Nixon, said:
"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."
What was your reaction to this statement?
Do you think that the government continues to criminalize black communities in this way? What evidence can you provide to back up your argument?