17 Stories of Injustice to Watch After When They See Us
The Wire is a story about systems of oppression, and how those systems take advantage of people who have no way to escape them. Ostensibly the show follows Baltimore cops and drug dealers as they attempt to outsmart one another. In reality, though, the show becomes one about the tragic, brutal way that the drug trade works.
The characters on The Wire push drugs because they have no other options. They’re trapped in a system that can’t give them another avenue for their talents. They’re not stupid or lazy, they’re part of a system of injustice that they can’t find any way out of.