(TIML NEWS) Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary 13th explored the connection between the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and modern mass incarceration. The film was lauded for its examination of America’s racial history.
Over the last few days, the 13th Amendment became a topic of discussion on social media. The Internet was responding to a Kanye West tweet that called for the elimination of the Reconstruction-era act that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude (except as a punishment for a crime).
“I’m consciously choosing to tweet about plant-based burgers and not current statements about the 13th Amendment from a certain MAGA follower. Respectfully, please don’t @ me. I can’t do nothing for him,” stated DuVernay.
She also retweeted a clip from 13th where then-candidate Donald Trump can be heard giving a speech about the “good ol’ days.” The video features violent images from Trump’s campaign rallies superimposed with violent images from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.