Why HBO’s “Confederate” Is Completely Unnecessary | Teen Vogue

Why HBO’s “Confederate” Is Completely Unnecessary | Teen Vogue: "The idea that the show will attempt to display "a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution" is almost laughable in a country in which mass incarceration exists as exactly that. In America, a nation with 5% of the world's population, and about 22% of the world's prisoners, many of whom are people of color, how exactly is the modernization and industrialization of slavery some kind of crazy, artistic risk? What we've learned from Ava DuVernay's brilliant documentary 13TH, which connected slavery to our current system of over-incarceration of black bodies, is that slavery was completely outlawed, it was just given a loophole where blacks are incarcerated at disproportionate levels, and there are now more black men in jail than there were black folks enslaved in 1850. If slavery is America's original sin, willful negligence is America's ongoing sin."